„The more shared past there is in a relationship, the more present you need to be; otherwise, you will be forced to relive the past again and again.“
— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
Oneness With All Life: Inspirational Selections from A New Earth (2008)
— Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
— Terry Gilliam American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe 1940
Context: We read Dover Books, because you can steal from them. The medieval imagery and iconography is so good for the imagination. Trying to describe the world, trying to describe the cosmos, trying to put it down in neat orderly fashion, unlike reality. And it always seems to stick in one's mind more than reality does. As quoted in "Terry Gilliam reflects to Dreams about the making of Dr Parnassus" by Phil Stubbs http://www.smart.co.uk/dreams/parntgrf.htm
— Susan Sontag, libro On Photography
On Photography (1977), Context: Reality has come to seem more and more like what we are shown by cameras. It is common now for people to insist upon their experience of a violent event in which they were caught up — a plane crash, a shoot-out, a terrorist bombing — that "it seemed like a movie." This is said, other descriptions seeming insufficient, in order to explain how real it was. While many people in non-industrialized countries still feel apprehensive when being photographed, divining it to be some kind of trespass, an act of disrespect, a sublimated looting of the personality or the culture, people in industrialized countries seek to have their photographs taken — feel that they are images, and are made real by photographs. "The Image-World", p. 161
„I have a very simple question to people … who seem to suffer from excessive narcissism: please name three other persons who are smarter and more capable than you, in the field you work in.“
— Ingo Molnar Linux kernel programmer
In most cases they are utterly unable to answer that question honestly. A comment http://lwn.net/Articles/447204/ at LWN.net in 2011.
„History is no more fixed and dead than the future. The past is no further away than the last breath you took.“
— Robin Hobb American fiction writer (pseudonym) 1952
„The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.“
— Barbara De Angelis American psychologist 1951
From Are You the One for Me? (1992)
„Our civilization is first and foremost a civilization of means; in the reality of modern life, the means, it would seem, are more important than the ends.“
— Jacques Ellul, libro The Technological Society
The Technological Society (1954), p. 19
„You see that I have set out opposing assertions in response to your question and I have touched on quite strong arguments in support of each position. Therefore consider now which seems the more probable to you.“
— William of Ockham medieval philosopher and theologian 1285 - 1349
Dialogus (1494), Context: The Holy Spirit through blessed John the evangelist makes a terrible threat against those who add anything to or take anything from divine scripture when he says in the last chapter of Revelations [22:18–9], "If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues which are in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book." We clearly gather from all these that nothing should be added to sacred scripture nor anything removed from it. To decide by way of teaching, therefore, which assertion should be considered catholic, which heretical, chiefly pertains to theologians, the experts on divine scripture. You see that I have set out opposing assertions in response to your question and I have touched on quite strong arguments in support of each position. Therefore consider now which seems the more probable to you. Vol. I, Book 1, Ch. 2.
„Our methods were becoming more sophisticated, but their yield seemed increasingly commonplace. To stem a descent into triviality, I thought, we needed to search out the causes of the present in the past.“
— Eric Wolf American anthropologist 1923 - 1999
Europe and the People Without History, 1982, Preface (1982), p. xv.
„I have a very simple question to people … who seem to suffer from excessive narcissism: please name three other persons who are smarter and more capable than you, in the field you work in. (In most cases they are utterly unable to answer that question honestly.)“
— Ingo Molnar Linux kernel programmer
A comment http://lwn.net/Articles/447204/ at LWN.net in 2011.
„I am more and more engrossed with the single poetic theme of Life and Death, for there doesn't seem to be any question more directly relevant than this one of what survives of all the beloved.“
— Alun Lewis Welsh poet 1915 - 1944
Letter written in 1943; cited from Jeremy Hooker and Gweno Lewis (eds.) Selected Poems of Alun Lewis (London: Unwin, 1987) p. 108.