„The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately“
From chapter one of The Devil Finds Work (orig. pub. 1976), reprinted in The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, 1948-1985
Contesto: The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the "sanctity" of human life, or the "conscience" of the civilized world.
— Zaman Ali Pakistani philosopher 1993
"Humanity", Ch.II "Ideologies: A way to live", Part IV
— Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991
Address to Polaroid employees at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts (5 February 1960), as quoted in Insisting on the Impossible : The Life of Edwin Land (1998) by Victor K. McElheny, p. 198
— Will Durant, libro The Story of Civilization
Ch. XII : Work and Wealth in Athens, p. 277 http://books.google.com/books?id=l2wgAAAAMAAJ&q=%22no+man+who+is+in+a+hurry+is+quite+civilized%22&pg=PA277#v=onepage
The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), II - Life of Greece (1939)
„I think in our desire to create a better America, we have to have civilized debate in this country and not just yelling.“
— Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962
„Urban life was thus founded upon the principle of deliberately confounding those who were not a part of it. Civilization was a strategy of exclusion.“
— Michael Swanwick, libro Jack Faust
Chapter 16, “The Wild Hunt” (p. 287)
Jack Faust (1997)
— Charlaine Harris, libro Club Dead
Origine: Club Dead
— Publilio Siro Latin writer
— Katherine Neville, libro The Eight
Origine: The Eight
— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
Attributed to Welles in Ebony magazine (August 1977) https://books.google.com/books?id=08sDAAAAMBAJ&q=%22men+created+civilization%22#v=snippet&q=%22men%20created%20civilization%22&f=false.
„We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.“
— John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace (1996)
Contesto: Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.
These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
„If you are deliberately trying to create a future that feels safe, you will willfully ignore the future that is likely.“
— Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Origine: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
— Thomas Hobbes, libro Leviatano
The First Part, Chapter 6, p. 28
„I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
"The Emotional Factor"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear.
Often paraphrased as "The Christian religion has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world."
1920s, Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
Contesto: You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress of humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or even mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been in the world, has been consistently opposed by the organized churches of the world. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
„The sinners … had been taught to think of sin as the failure of observe laws of which they were usually quite ignorant. Sin was therefore not always a fully deliberate act.“
— Albert Nolan South African priest and activist 1934
Jesus Before Christianity: The Gospel of Liberation (1976)
„Because the god who created this universe, if it was created by a god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him? What kind of god would do that?“
— Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957
2010s, On what he would say to God were he to meet him, February 2015
„You and I are created for transcendence, laughter, caring. God deliberately did not make the world perfect, for God is looking for you and me to be fellow workers with God.“
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
Wallenberg Lecture (2008)
„No, there's no experience quite like having children, and despite the challenges we once faced, I've considered myself blessed because of the family we created.“
— Nicholas Sparks American writer and novelist 1965
Wilson Lewis, Chapter 2, p. 36
2000s, The Wedding (2003)
„And one of the rules of good civil society I believe is that you’re respectful of the people who disagree with you. And that's part of what makes civil society work. If you can have civil disagreements, and you can listen to each other and not just shout, that's what creates an environment that leads to progress over the long term.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Remarks by President Obama in Conversation with Members of Civil Society at YALI Regional Leadership Center, Kenyatta University,Nairobi, Kenya https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/26/remarks-president-obama-conversation-members-civil-society (July 26, 2015)