„Bureaucracy is ever desirous of spreading its influence and its power. You cannot extend the mastery of the government over the daily working life of a people without at the same time making it the master of the people's souls and thoughts.“
— Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
Campaign speech in New York (22 October 1928)
Contesto: Bureaucracy is ever desirous of spreading its influence and its power. You cannot extend the mastery of the government over the daily working life of a people without at the same time making it the master of the people's souls and thoughts. Every expansion of government in business means that government in order to protect itself from the political consequences of its errors and wrongs is driven irresistibly without peace to greater and greater control of the nation's press and platform. Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die.
„Let words proceed as they please, provided only your soul keeps its own sure order, provided your soul is great and holds unruffled to its ideals, pleased with itself on account of the very things which displease others, a soul that makes life the test of its progress, and believes that its knowledge is in exact proportion to its freedom from desire and its freedom from fear.“
— Seneca the Younger, libro Epistulae morales ad Lucilium
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter CXV: On the Superficial Blessings
„As air becomes the medium for light when the sun rises,
And as wax melts from the heat of fire,
So the soul drawn to that light is resplendent,
Feels self melt away,
Its will and actions no longer its own.
So clear is the imprint of God
That the soul, conquered, is conqueror;
Annihilated, it lives in triumph. What happens to the drop of wine
That you pour into the sea?
Does it remain itself, unchanged?
It is as if it never existed.
So it is with the soul: Love drinks it in,
It is united with Truth,
Its old nature fades away,
It is no longer master of itself.“
— Jacopone da Todi Italian Franciscan mystic 1236 - 1306
„Without attachment to anything beyond its own abysmal exuberance, capitalism identifies itself with desire to a degree that cannot imaginably be exceeded (…)“
— Nick Land British philosopher 1962
"Critique of Transcendental Miserablism" (2007), in Fanged Noumena, pp. 624–5
— Philo Roman philosopher -15 - 45 a.C.
Every Good Man is Free
„Passion was animal flesh, raw desire gnawing and ripping at its early limitations. These passions were to be feared only if undirected by the conscience of the higher self. Mind was the key to the process of enlightenment. Hence reason was the first principle, light itself.“
— B. W. Powe Canadian writer 1955
Emanations, Destinies, p. 4
Mystic Trudeau: The Fire and the Rose (2007)
„The soul that desires God to surrender himself to it entirely must surrender itself entirely to him without keeping anything for itself.“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
The Sayings of Light and Love
„For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
So, We'll Go No More A-Roving (1817)
— Chrysippus ancient Greek philosopher -281 - -208 a.C.
As quoted in De Natura Deorum by Cicero, i. 15.
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 a.C.
As quoted in The History of Philosophy: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Present Century (1819) by William Enfield
Sobriety is the strength of the mind; for it preserves reason unclouded by passion.
As quoted in Bible of Reason (1831) by Benjamin F. Powell, p. 157
Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.
As quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood
„Wealth itself is blameless, but there can be fear for its precious eye; for I consider the presence of a house's master to be its saving light.“
— Aeschylus, The Persians
Originale: (el) Ἔστι γὰρ πλοῦτός γ᾽ ἀμεμφής, ἀμφὶ δ᾽ ὀφθαλμῷ φόβος·
ὄμμα γὰρ δόμων νομίζω δεσπότου παρουσίαν.
Origine: The Persians (472 BC), lines 168–169 (tr. Christopher Collard)
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
All Gall Is Divided (1952)
„That which is desirable on its own account and for the sake of knowing it is more of the nature of wisdom than that which is desirable on account of its results.“
— Aristotle, libro Metafisica
982a16, Complete Works, vol. 2, p. 1554
„If a painter once devoted himself to dynamism and now abandons it, denies it and even criticizes it, it is his own business. This does not mean, however that futurism has had his day. It is always worthy of interest and many artists still work in its ranks with unchanged passion. Dynamism is in life and in nature itself.“
— Fortunato Depero Italian painter, writer, sculptor and graphic designer 1892 - 1960
Origine: So I think, so I paint (1947), p. 112
— Gregory Palamas Monk and archbishop 1296 - 1359
The Philokalia Vol. 4, Faber and Faber.
„I believe that the soul consists of its sufferings. For the soul that cures its own sufferings dies.“
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Creo que son los males del alma, el alma. Porque el alma que se cura de sus males, muere.
„Greatness loves itself, and all healthy instincts decline to flagellate themselves daily with the whip of altruism. What is great must will to do more than its mere duty; it must give, make others happy, and, be it at the cost of itself, its own wellbeing, its own money or life, it must will to pour forth its blessing over others, to the extent even of self-sacrifice—but not, as Christianity demands, from unegoistic motives; the impulse must come from a sense of pleasure, from overflowing energy, from need of bloodletting, so as to unburden the full heart. All acts then derived from conscience and duty, or done with a wry countenance out of obedience to the Categorical Imperative, seem to the great man, from his point of view, through this very fact contemptible, even as he has an unsurmountable prejudice against men and nations who are always prating of those words, conscience and duty.“
— Oscar Levy German physician and writer 1867 - 1946
Origine: The Revival of Aristocracy (1906), p. 81.