— Saul Williams American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor 1972
„For man's greatest crime is to have been born.“
Pues el delito mayor
Del hombre es haber nacido.
Segismundo, Act I, Scene II.
La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream)
Вариант: Since man's greatest crime on earth
Is the fatal fact of birth.
(trans. Denis MacCarthy)
Pues el delito mayor Del hombre es haber nacido.
La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream)
„It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement (1967)
Контексте: A profound judgment of today's riots was expressed by Victor Hugo a century ago. He said, 'If a soul is left in the darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.' / The policymakers of the white society have caused the darkness; they create discrimination; they structured slums; and they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance and poverty. It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also demand that the white man abide by law in the ghettos.
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
Socrates, p. 131
Eupalinos ou l'architecte (1921)
„America's greatest crime against the black man was not slavery or lynching, but that he was taught to wear a mask of self-hate and self-doubt.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Major Barbara (1905)
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Vengo de morirme, no de haber nacido. De haber nacido me voy.
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
As quoted in The Tyrants : 2500 Years of Absolute Power and Corruption (2006) by Clive Foss ISBN 1905204965
„This was the kind of man who’d killed Julie, Miller thought. Stupid. Shortsighted. A man born with a sense for raw opportunity where his soul should have been.“
— Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969
Источник: Leviathan Wakes (2011), Chapter 28 (p. 281)
„She had been born for this man, and she had spent so many years trying to accept the fact that he had been born for someone else…“
— Julia Quinn American novelist 1970
Источник: Romancing Mister Bridgerton
„When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.“
— C. P. Snow British writer 1905 - 1980
Public Affairs (London: Macmillan, 1971) p. 195
„Society has been hoodwinked into accepting many lies, and one of the greatest is that homosexuals are 'born that way.' If that is true, we were all born homosexuals. As we developed, we all had the capacity to be a homosexual.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
God doesn't believe in atheists (2002)
„The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.“
— Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1868 - 1940
"The Individual, Society and the State" (1940) http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/goldman/works/1940/individual.htm
Контексте: The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime. The wholesale mechanisation of modern life has increased uniformity a thousandfold. It is everywhere present, in habits, tastes, dress, thoughts and ideas. Its most concentrated dullness is "public opinion." Few have the courage to stand out against it. He who refuses to submit is at once labelled "queer," "different," and decried as a disturbing element in the comfortable stagnancy of modern life.
„Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent. To assert that the son of a slave is born a slave is to assert that he is not born a man.“
— Jean Jacques Rousseau, книга The Social Contract
Источник: The Social Contract
— Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012
The Energies of Art: Studies of Authors Classic and Modern (1956)
Контексте: The greatest artists have never been men of taste. By never sophisticating their instincts they have never lost the awareness of the great simplicities, which they relish both from appetite and from the challenge these offer to skill in competition with popular art.
„A man who uses power to do evil is in theory judged to have been conscious of his acts and to be as fit for punishment as a perpetrator of premeditated murder. But the technocrat is not trained on that level. He understands events within the logic of the system. The greatest good is the greatest logic or the greatest appearance of efficiency or responsibility for the greatest possible part of the structure.“
— John Ralston Saul Canadian author and essayist 1947
Voltaire's Bastards (1992)
„It is obvious that We have been young. We weren't born old! We have been a child, a boy, a youth, an adult, and finally an old man. Like everyone else.“
— Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975
Interview with Oriana Fallaci as reported in The Chicago Tribune (24 June 1973) (Excerpts online) http://www.jah-rastafari.com/selassie-words/show-jah-word.asp?word_id=int_ori.
Контексте: It is obvious that We have been young. We weren't born old! We have been a child, a boy, a youth, an adult, and finally an old man. Like everyone else. Our Lord the Creator made us like everyone else. Maybe you wish to know what kind of youth We were. Well We were a very serious, very diligent, very obedient youth. We were sometimes punished, but do you know why? Because what We were made to study did not seem enough and We wished to study further. We wanted to stay on at school after lessons were over. We were loath to amuse ourselves, to go riding, to play. We didn't want to waste time on games.
„Chance seldom interferes with the wise man; his greatest and highest interests have been, are, and will be, directed by reason throughout his whole life.“
— Epicurus ancient Greek philosopher -341 - -269 до н.э.
„A grievous crime indeed against religion has been committed by the man who imagines that Islam is defended by the denial of the mathematical sciences.“
— Abu Hamid al-Ghazali Persian Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic 1058 - 1111
The Deliverance from Error https://www.amazon.com/Al-Ghazalis-Path-Sufism-Deliverance-al-Munqidh/dp/1887752307, p: 34
„The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.“
— Wilkie Collins, книга The Woman in White
Источник: The Woman in White