„The deva asked,
What causes ruin in the world?
What breaks off friendships?
What is the most violent fever?
Who is the best physician?"
The Blessed One replied,
Ruin in the world is caused by ignorance;
friendships are broken off by envy and selfishness;
the most violent fever is hatred;
the best physician is the Buddha.“
„How wonderful it can be, and what nobility it proves in young men, when they pledge one another a friendship that can never be shadowed by selfishness, envy, or jealousy.“
— Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998
Paradísarheimt (Paradise Reclaimed) (1960), little Steina
„The most competent physician of our world advises the patient to listen to an ignorant doctor who the patient thinks is very competent rather than to a competent doctor who the patient thinks is ignorant.“
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
The Other World (1657), Context: The most competent physician of our world advises the patient to listen to an ignorant doctor who the patient thinks is very competent rather than to a competent doctor who the patient thinks is ignorant. He reason is that our imagination works for our good health, and as long as it is supplemented by remedies, it is capable of healing us. But the most powerful remedies are too weak when the imagination does not apply them.
— Greg Behrendt, He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys
„I am accused of ruining the world. What is it I am going to gain by ruining the world? I do not understand what the Brahmin devotees actually feel. Will anyone carry on propaganda to ruin the world? I hope they would soon think with reason.“
— Periyar E. V. Ramasamy Tamil politician and social reformer 1879 - 1973
— John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Pt. I, lines 173–174.
„One day, Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about things for a while, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed: "Lord, I've been thinking - spiritual friendship is at least half of the spiritual life!" The Buddha replied: "Say not so, Ananda, say not so. Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!"“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 до н.э.
Unclassified, Gautama Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya, Mahāvagga, verse 2
„To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom.“
— Thomas Traherne English poet 1636 - 1674
Centuries of Meditations, Fourth Century, sect. 20.
„Consider for a moment what it is like when the people are roused to revolt and get the upper hand of their master, and especially in England. Then there is no stopping it, for they are the most dangerous common people in the world, the most violent and presumptuous. And of all the commons in England the Londoners are the ringleaders.“
— Jean Froissart French writer 1337 - 1405
Chroniques (1369–1400), Considerés que c'est de pueple, quant il s'esmuet et esliève et il a puissance contre son seigneur, et par especial en Angleterre. Là n'y a-il nul remède, car c'est le plus périlleus poeuple commun qui soit au monde et le plus oultrageux et orgueilleux. Et de tous ceulx d'Angleterre Londriens sont chiefs. Book 4, pp. 454-5.
„Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of "Mormonism"; [it is designed] to revolutionize and civilize the world, and cause wars and contentions to cease and men to become friends and brothers.“
— Joseph Smith, Jr., History of the Church
1840s, History of the Church, 5:517 (23 July 1843)