— Lucille Ball American actress and businesswoman 1911 - 1989
Вариант: It doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optismism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself
— Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
Rußland ... der uns von Natur gegebene Bundesgenosse gegen die teuflische Versuchung und Korruption des Westens ist. Source: National Socialist Letters (Nationalsozialistische Briefe), “National Socialism or Bolshevism”, (November 15, 1925), quoted in: Ralph Georg Reuth, Goebbels, Piper, 2nd ed., Munich, 1991, p. 96. ISBN 3-492-03183-8.
— Upton Sinclair American novelist, writer, journalist, political activist 1878 - 1968
„Interviewer: Do you think that India should have come out in support of the restoration of democracy in the Maldives in a much stronger way? Are you disappointed with India’s response?“
— Mohamed Nasheed Maldivian politician, 4th president of the Maldives 1967
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Источник: The Freedom of a Christian (1520), p. 74
— William Styron, книга Darkness Visible
Источник: Darkness Visible (1990), VI
Контексте: There is a region in the experience of pain where the certainty of alleviation often permits superhuman endurance. We learn to live with pain in varying degrees daily, or over longer periods of time, and we are more often than not mercifully free of it. When we endure severe discomfort of a physical nature our conditioning has taught us since childhood to make accommodations to the pain’s demands — o accept it, whether pluckily or whimpering and complaining, according to our personal degree of stoicism, but in any case to accept it. Except in intractable terminal pain, there is almost always some form of relief; we look forward to that alleviation, whether it be through sleep or Tylenol or self-hypnosis or a change of posture or, most often, through the body’s capacity for healing itself, and we embrace this eventual respite as the natural reward we receive for having been, temporarily, such good sports and doughty sufferers, such optimistic cheerleaders for life at heart.
In depression this faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come — not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. So the decision-making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less annoying — or from discomfort to relative comfort, or from boredom to activity — but moving from pain to pain. One does not abandon, even briefly, one's bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.
„We are all British. We respect democracy and the rule of law. We believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equal rights regardless of race, sex, sexuality or faith. We believe in respecting different faiths but also expecting those faiths to support the British way of life. These are British values. And are underpinned by distinct British institutions. Our freedom comes from our Parliamentary democracy. The rule of law exists because of our independent judiciary. This is the home that we are building together.“
— David Cameron Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1966
2010s, 2015, Speech on (20 July 2015)
„As long as we abide in Christ, our action is from Him, not from our own corrupt and broken nature.“
— Horace Bushnell American theologian 1802 - 1876
Источник: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 609.
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
„In such circumstances, in view of the incredibly widespread nature of the distortions of Marxism, our first task is to restore the true doctrine of Marx on the state.“
— Vladimir Lenin, книга The State and Revolution
1.1, Essential Workers of Lenin (1966)
The State and Revolution (1917)
„…there is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.“
— William Henry Harrison American general and politician, 9th President of the United States (in office in 1841) 1773 - 1841
Letter to Simón Bolívar (27 September 1829). Quoted in The Life of Major-General William Henry Harrison: Comprising a Brief Account of His Important Civil and Military Services (Philadelphia, PA: Grigg & Elliot, 1840)
„Happily virtue is natural in the people, [despite] aristocratical prejudices. A nation is truly corrupt, when, after having, by degrees lost its character and liberty, it slides from democracy into aristocracy or monarchy; this is the death of the political body by decrepitude....“
— Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794
Источник: Principles to Form the Basis of the Administration of the Republic (February 1794)
— Livy Roman historian -59 - 17 до н.э.
Book XXVI, sec. 11
History of Rome
„Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983
Section 13; often the final portion of this is quoted alone as: "Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power."
Reflections on the Human Condition (1973)
Контексте: The Savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience; a readiness to attempt the impossible; a bias for simple solutions — to cut the knot rather than unravel it; the viewing of compromise as surrender; the tendency to manipulate people and "experiment with blood."
Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
„America is a country ready to be taken—in fact, longing to be taken—by political leaders ready to restore democracy and trust to the political process.“
— Arianna Huffington Greek-American author and syndicated columnist 1950
[How to Overthrow the Government, 1st edition, 2000, HarperCollins, New York, ISBN 0-06-039331-9, p. 174 of 317, The Quest for Leaders]
„And at times I'm tempted to think that our way and the Kirk's way is not God's way, for we're apt to treat the natural man as altogether corrupt, and put him under over-strict pains and penalties, whereas there's matter in him that might be shaped to the purposes of grace. If there's original sin, there's likewise original innocemce.“
— John Buchan, книга Witch Wood
Источник: Witch Wood (1927), Ch. IX "Before Lammas"
„Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects.“
— William Wilberforce English politician 1759 - 1833
Источник: Real Christianity