„Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labour in vain.“

The Living Testament: The Essential Writings of Christianity Since the Bible (1985), p. 66.
From St. Athanasius' Life of St. Antony

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„This is how evil thrives. We find an herb that cures disease, and someone will make a poison from it. We forge iron to make a better plow, and someone will make a sharper sword. There can be no power that evil will not corrupt.“

—  David Gemmell, libro The Swords of Night and Day

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„Reality is what we want it to be or what we do not want it to be, but it is not our wanting or our not wanting that makes it so.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

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„We even make ourselves up, fusing what we are with what we wish into what we must become. I'm not sure why it must be so, but it is.“

—  Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things

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„That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best — make it all up — but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961

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„We are what we say only so long as our words are iron.“

—  David Gemmell, libro The King Beyond the Gate

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Contesto: A man makes mistakes, but he lives by them. Foolish it may be on occassion. But in the main it is the only way to live. We are what we say only so long as our words are iron.

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„You and I want our lives to matter. We want our lives to make a real difference — to be of genuine consequence in the world. We know that there is no satisfaction in merely going through the motions in life, even if those motions make us successful or even if we have arranged to make those motions pleasant. We want to know we have had some impact on the world. In fact, you and I want to contribute to the quality of life. We want to make the world work.“

—  Werner Erhard Critical Thinker and Author 1935

The End of Starvation : Creating an Idea Whose Time Has Come, Werner Erhard, 1977, 3 http://www.wernererhard.net/thpsource.html,
Also published in — The end of starvation: creating an idea whose time has come, 3, 1982, Werner Erhard http://books.google.com/books?id=4o4wAAAAMAAJ&q=%22be+of+genuine+consequence+in+the+world%22&dq=%22be+of+genuine+consequence+in+the+world%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rpyFUvTMB6_MsQT0sYCwDQ&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ,
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—  Henry D. Moyle Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 1889 - 1963

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„We're going to have to make it clear that we don't want to use the kinds of tools that we have. We don't want to engage in a different kind of warfare. But we will defend the citizens of this country.“

—  Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947

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„Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half-awake. Our fires are damped, our drafts are checked. We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

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