„I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects; and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous, which I hope is the case with me.“

—  Benjamin Franklin, Letter to his father, 13 April 1738, printed in Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin (Philadelphia, 1834), volume 1, p. 233. Also quoted in Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) by Walter Isaacson
Benjamin Franklin photo
Benjamin Franklin22
scienziato e politico statunitense 1706 - 1790
Pubblicità

Citazioni simili

Mandell Creighton photo
Abraham Lincoln photo
Pubblicità
Shankar Dayal Sharma photo
Merrick Garland photo
Michael Swanwick photo
Bertrand Russell photo
Ford Madox Ford photo
Richard Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley photo
Pubblicità
Margaret Mitchell photo
Arthur Conan Doyle photo

„I will make my meaning more clear when I say that I think right and wrong are both tools which are being wielded by those great hands which are shaping the destinies of the universe, that both are making for improvement; but that the action of the one is immediate, and that of the other more slow, but none the less certain. Our own distinction of right and wrong is founded too much upon the immediate convenience of the community, and does not inquire sufficiently deeply into the ultimate effect.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish physician and author 1859 - 1930
Context: When you look closely it is a question whether that which is a wrong to the present community may not prove to have been a right to the interests of posterity. That sounds a little foggy; but I will make my meaning more clear when I say that I think right and wrong are both tools which are being wielded by those great hands which are shaping the destinies of the universe, that both are making for improvement; but that the action of the one is immediate, and that of the other more slow, but none the less certain. Our own distinction of right and wrong is founded too much upon the immediate convenience of the community, and does not inquire sufficiently deeply into the ultimate effect.

Yann Martel photo
Pubblicità
Bertrand Russell photo
Thomas More photo

„I do no­body harm, I say none harm, I think none harm, but wish everybody good. And if this be not enough to keep a man alive, in good faith, I long not to live.“

—  Thomas More English Renaissance humanist 1478 - 1535
Thomas More's Account, in a letter to his daughter Margaret Roper, of his Second Interrogation

Tamora Pierce photo