In case signals can neither be seen nor perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy.Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) British admiral
We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can, and would fain have the praise of having intended the result which ensues.Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else’s life. They’re plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and congresses. That’s their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead.Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) American screenwriter and novelist [James Dalton Trumbo]
But what do the dead say?
Did anybody ever come back from the dead any single one of the millions who got killed did any one of them ever come back and say by god I’m glad I’m dead because death is always better than dishonor? Did they say I’m glad i died to make the world safe for democracy? Did they say i like death better than losing liberty? Did any of them ever say it’s good to think i got my guts blown out for the honor of my country? Did any of them ever say look at me i’m dead but i died for decency and that’s better than being alive? Did any of them ever say here i am, i’ve been rotting for two years in a foreign grave but it’s wonderful to die for your native land? Did any of them say hurray I died for womanhood and I’m happy, see how I sing even though my mouth is choked with worms?
Leer Nederlands! / Learn Dutch! / Apprenez le néerlandais! / Lernen Sie Niederländisch! / Imparate l’olandese!
Neem het leven niet zo serieus. Je komt er toch niet levend uit !
Variant : Neem het leven niet te serieus. Je overleeft het toch niet !
Engels; English : Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive !
Frans; français : Ne prenez pas la vie trop au sérieux. De toute façon, vous n'y survivrez pas !
Duits; Deutsch : Nimm das Leben nicht so ernst. Du überlebst es eh nicht !
Italiaans; italiano : Non prendere la vita troppo sul serio. Non potrai mai uscirne vivo
Portugees; português : Não leve a vida tão a sério. Você nunca sairá vivo dela.
Spaans; español : No se tome la vida demasiado en serio; nunca saldrá usted vivo de ella.
COLLECTIE : #spreekwoorden docnederlands
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America is therefore a free country, in which, lest anyone be hurt by your remarks, you are not allowed to speak freely of private individuals or of the State; of the citizen or of the authorities; of public or of private undertakings; or, in short, of anything at all, except it be of the climate and the soil; and even then Americans will be found ready to defend either the one or the other, as if they had been contrived by the inhabitants of the country.Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) French writer, diplomat, politician
Whether Parliament is either a representative body or an efficient one is questionable, but I value it because it criticizes and talks, and because its chatter gets widely reported. So two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. Two cheers are quite enough: there is no occasion to give three.E. M. Forster (1879-1970) English novelist, essayist, critic, librettist [Edward Morgan Forster]
I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing.Umberto Eco (b. 1932) Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, novelist
There is, in the institutions of this country, one principle, which, had they no other excellence, would secure to them the preference over those of all other countries. I mean — and some devout patriots will start — I mean the principle of change.Frances "Fanny" Wright (1795-1852) Scottish-American writer, lecturer, social reformer
I have used a word to which is attached an obnoxious meaning. Speak of change, and the world is in alarm. And yet where do we not see change? What is there in the physical world but change? And what would there be in the moral world without change?
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves; and we injure our own cause, in the opinion of the world, when we too passionately and eagerly defend it.Charles Caleb "C. C." Colton (1780-1832) English cleric, writer
It was always my hope in writing novels and stories which asked the question, “what is reality?”, to someday get an answer. This was the hope of most of my readers, too. Years passed. I wrote over thirty novels and over a hundred stories and I still couldn’t figure out what was real. One day a girl college student in Canada asked me to define reality for her, for a paper she was writing for her philosophy class. She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” That’s all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven’t been able to define reality any more lucidly.Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) American writer
A strong man must be militant as well as moderate. He must be a realist as well as an idealist. If I am to merit the trust invested in me by some of my race, I must be both of these things. This is why nonviolence is a powerful as well as a just weapon. If you confront a man who has long been cruelly misusing you, and say, “Punish me, if you will; I do not deserve it, but I will accept it, so that the world will know I am right and you are wrong,” then you wield a powerful and a just weapon. This man, your oppressor, is automatically morally defeated, and if he has any conscience, he is ashamed. Wherever this weapon is used in a manner that stirs a community’s, or a nation’s, anguished conscience, then the pressure of public opinion becomes an ally in your just cause.Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American clergyman, civil rights leader, orator
“Yo!” said the Dean.Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) English author
“Yo what?” said Ridcully.
“It’s not a yo what, it’s just a yo,” said the Senior Wrangler, behind him. “It’s a general street greeting and affirmative with convivial military ingroup and masculine bonding-ritual overtones.”
“What? What? Like ‘jolly good’?” said Ridcully.
“I suppose so,” said the Senior Wrangler, reluctantly.
“Seeing the frightful transformations of Māra’s army,― Machik Labdrön
the Pure Being recognizes them all as a product of illusion.
There is no demon, no army, no beings; there is not even a self.
Like the image of the moon in the water, the cycle of the three worlds is misleading.”
“If there is destruction of hope, there is freedom from gods;#quote #buddhist #buddhism #wisdom #techno of the #mind
if there is destruction of fear, there is freedom from spirits ['demons].”
― Machik Labdrön,