— Howard Zinn author and historian 1922 - 2010
„He would say that God had given him a tail to keep the flies off, but that he would sooner have had no tail and no flies.“
— George Orwell, книга Скотный двор
Источник: Animal Farm
„I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.“
— Max Beerbohm English writer 1872 - 1956
No. 2, The Pines (1914)
And Even Now http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext99/evnow10.txt (1920)
„I don’t know what happens after the physical brain dies. I don’t know what the relationship between consciousness and the physical world is. I don’t think anyone does know.“
— Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967
Sam Harris, Big Think Sam Harris On Death http://bigthink.com/ideas/3127 (July 4, 2007)
Контексте: We just don’t teach people how to grieve. You know, religion is the epitome, the antithesis of teaching your children how to grieve. You tell your child that, “Grandma is in heaven”, and there’s nothing to be sad about. That’s religion. It would be better to equip your child for the reality of this life, which is, you know, we... death is a fact. And we don’t know what happens after death. And I’m not pretending to know that you get a dial tone after death. I don’t know what happens after the physical brain dies. I don’t know what the relationship between consciousness and the physical world is. I don’t think anyone does know. Now I think there are many reasons to be doubtful of naïve conceptions about the soul, and about this idea that you could just migrate to a better place after death. But I simply don’t know about what... I don’t know what I believe about death. And I don’t think it’s necessary to know in order to live as sanely and ethically and happily as possible. I don’t think you get... You don't get anything worth getting by pretending to know things you don't know.
— Robert Lynn Asprin American science fiction and fantasy author 1946 - 2008
Источник: Ripping Time (2000), Chapter 14 (p. 441)
„Although he was an intelligent man, I don’t think that he was a supreme intelligence. He had a sense of having missed a university education. He was working when he was 17. It may have been his choice because his father was not a poor man. I would not, to say the least, call him a frank man. He talked about a great many things and then would occasionally reveal little anecdotal aspects of his own life. He was not interested in our becoming buddies. He was avid for knowledge, which he hoped I possessed, and which I tried to give the impression I did. I don’t have any notion whatever of being omniscient.“
— Frederic Raphael British writer 1931
Of Stanley Kubrick
„And so could you know it if you would only use the brains the good God has given you. Sometimes I really am tempted to believe that by inadvertence, He passed you by.“
— Agatha Christie, книга Lord Edgware Dies
Источник: Lord Edgware Dies
„Had God Himself intended women to be inferior, He would have ordained it so that mothers would have given birth to daughters at the end of the fifth month of pregnancy. The supply of mother’s milk would naturally have been half of that in case of a son. But that is not the case. How can it be? Is not God just and most merciful?“
— Begum Rokeya Bengali feminist writer and social worker 1880 - 1932
On God Gives, Man Robs , 1927. http://archive.thedailystar.net/magazine/2005/07/05/reflections.htm
„I do think if I had given him two fence-rails to sleep on he would not have found fault. That was Abraham Lincoln in all things relating to his own comfort. He would never permit people to put themselves out for him under any circumstances.“
— David Dixon Porter United States Navy admiral 1813 - 1891
Источник: 1880s, Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War (1885), p. 285
„When you say, I don’t know exactly what God is doing, but I know he’s in control—that’s evidence you’re trusting Him.“
— James MacDonald American pastor 1960
Источник: Always True (Moody, 2011), p. 55
„I don’t just like Ike; I love him. I think he’s the guy of guys, I think he’s uniquely American, and I’m sorry we’re not going to have him anymore.“
— George W. S. Trow American writer 1943 - 2006
My Pilgrim’s Progress (1999)
„It’s all relative, I suppose. You think you know love, you think you know real pain, but you don’t. You don’t know anything.“
— Jenny Han American writer 1980
Источник: It's Not Summer Without You
„I fell asleep thinking of him,
and he came to me.
If I had known it was only a dream
I would never have awakened.“
— Ono no Komachi Japanese poet 825 - 900
Источник: Kenneth Rexroth's translations, Women Poets of Japan (1982), p. 14
„Master Kingston, I see the matter against me now it is framed; but if I had served God as diligently as I have done the King He would not have given me over in my gray hairs.“
— Thomas Wolsey English political figure and cardinal 1473 - 1530
To the messenger summoning him to see Henry VIII. http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/ThomasWolsey(Cardinal).htm.
— Krafft Arnold Ehricke German aerospace engineer 1917 - 1984
Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century (1985)
„“You know, Ellie, you play this game awfully well—for a girl.”
“Thank you too much.”
“No, I mean it. I suppose girls are probably as intelligent as men, but most of them don’t act like it. I think it’s because they don’t have to. If a girl is pretty, she doesn’t have to think.”“
— Robert A. Heinlein, книга Starman Jones
Источник: Starman Jones (1953), Chapter 19, “A Friend in Need” (p. 210)
„I have no relationship with Putin. I don't think I've ever met him. I never met him. I don't think I've ever met him. … I have never spoken to him on the phone, no. I've speak -- I've spoken -- when we had the Miss Universe contest a number of years ago, we had Miss Universe in Moscow, in the Moscow area, he was invited. He wanted to come. He wasn't able to come. That would have been a time when I would have met him. … I don't know what it means by having a relationship. I mean he was saying very good things about me, but I don't have a relationship with him. I didn't meet him. I haven't spent time with him. I didn't have dinner with him. I didn't go hiking with him. I don't know -- and I wouldn't know him from Adam except I see his picture and I would know what he looks like.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
2010s, 2016, July, This Week Interview (July 30, 2016)
„Even the least wise would not take offense if some uncouth man insulted him as long as the man hadn't intended to, or had mistaken him for someone else, or wine had loosened his tongue. All the more reason then to ask: will God, who is all-imperturbable, get mad at us for not having recognized Him when He, himself, has denied us the means of knowing Him?
"But by all you believe, my little animal, if belief in God were so necessary and were of eternal importance to us, would God himself not infuse in everyone enlightenment as bright as the Sun, which hides from no one?“
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
The Other World (1657)
Контексте: "I ask you only why you find the belief inconvenient. I'm quite sure you can find no reason. Since it can only be useful, why do you not let yourself be persuaded? If God exists and you don't believe in Him, you will have made a mistake and disobeyed the commandment to believe in Him. If there is no God, you won't be any better off than the rest of us."
"Oh yes I will be better off than you," he answered, "because if there is no God, the game is tied. But, on the contrary, if there is one, I can't have offended something I thought did not exist. Sin requires knowing or willing. Don't you see? Even the least wise would not take offense if some uncouth man insulted him as long as the man hadn't intended to, or had mistaken him for someone else, or wine had loosened his tongue. All the more reason then to ask: will God, who is all-imperturbable, get mad at us for not having recognized Him when He, himself, has denied us the means of knowing Him?
"But by all you believe, my little animal, if belief in God were so necessary and were of eternal importance to us, would God himself not infuse in everyone enlightenment as bright as the Sun, which hides from no one? Do we pretend that God wants to play hide-and-seek with us, like children calling 'Peekaboo, I see you!'? Does God put on a mask and then take it off? Does He disguise himself to some and reveal himself to others? That would be a God who is either silly or malicious.
„I don’t think it would actually make you happier to be told you were right about this,” he said finally.
“I don’t want to be happy,” Dahl said. “I just want to know.“
— John Scalzi, книга Redshirts
Источник: Redshirts (2012), Chapter 23 (p. 229)