— Jean Racine French dramatist 1639 - 1699
„The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.“
— Margaret Cho, I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight
— Jean de La Bruyère 17th-century French writer and philosopher 1645 - 1696
La vie est une tragédie pour celui qui sent, et une comédie pour celui qui pense. As quoted in Selected Thoughts from the French: XV Century-XX Century, with English Translations (1913), pp. 132-133, by James Raymond Solly. This may conceivably be a misattribution, because as yet no definite citation of a specific work by La Bruyère has been located, and the statement is very similar to one known to have been made by Horace Walpole in a letter of 31 December 1769: The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.
„Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
— Paul Reiser American actor and comedian 1957
— Molière French playwright and actor 1622 - 1673
— Horace Walpole English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician 1717 - 1797
Letter to Anne, Countess of Ossory, (16 August 1776) A favourite saying of Walpole's, it is repeated in other of his letters, and might be derived from a similar statement attributed to Jean de La Bruyère, though unsourced: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think". An earlier form occurs in another published letter: I have often said, and oftener think, that this world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel — a solution of why Democritus laughed and Heraclitus wept. Letter to Sir Horace Mann (31 December 1769)
— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
Original: Benditos os que não confiam a vida a ninguém. Ibid.
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
„Victory will belong only to those who have faith in the people, those who are immersed in the life-giving spring of popular creativity.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
"Meeting Of The All-Russia Central Executive Committee" (4 November 1917) http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/nov/04a.htm; Collected Works, Vol. 26, pp. 285-293.
„The Fascist accepts life and loves it, knowing nothing of and despising suicide; he rather conceives of life as duty and struggle and conquest, life which should be high and full, lived for oneself, but above all for others — those who are at hand and those who are far distant, contemporaries, and those who will come after.“
— Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
"The Doctrine of Fascism" (1932)
— Bernard Malamud American author 1914 - 1986
Dubin's Lives (1979)
„Gradually it dawned on me that I was painting my own inner emotions. Those children were asking: "Why are we here? What is life all about? Why is there sadness and injustice?" All those deep questions. Those children were sad because they didn't have the answers. They were searching.“
— Margaret Keane American artist 1927
Context: Gradually it dawned on me that I was painting my own inner emotions. Those children were asking: "Why are we here? What is life all about? Why is there sadness and injustice?" All those deep questions. Those children were sad because they didn't have the answers. They were searching.
— François Fénelon Catholic bishop 1651 - 1715
D'ordinaire, ceux qui gouvernent les enfants ne leur pardonnent rien, et se pardonnent tout à eux-mêmes. Traité de l'éducation des filles, ch. 5, cited from De l'éducation des filles, dialogues des morts et opuscules divers (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1857) p. 15; translation from Selections from the Writings of Fénelon (Boston: Hilliard, Gray, Little and Wilkins, 1829) p. 137. (1687).