Monday, June 11, 2007

Honor. Hope. Horsemanship. Humanity.

The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows. RayS.

To save the life of their hero, any six of the clan, including the speaker, will gladly give their lives in exchange.
Honor 356 Evan Maccombich: I was only ganging to say, my lord...that if your excellent honor, and the honorable Court, would let Vich Ian Vohr go free just this once, and let him gae back to France, and no to trouble King George’s government again, that ony six o’ the very best of his clan will be willing to be justified in his stead; and if you’ll just let me gae down to Glennaquoich, I’ll fetch them up to ye mysell, to head or hang, and you may begin wi’ me the very first man. Sir Walter Scott, Waverley.

If the Saxons laugh at the idea of six common clansmen considering themselves worthy of giving their lives for their hero, they may be right, but they must know that I will be back as I said I would with those six men.
Honor 356 Evan Maccombich: If the Saxon gentlemen are laughing...because poor man, such as me, thinks my life, or the life of six of my degree, is worth that of Vich Ian Vohr, it’s like enough they may be very right; but if they laugh because they think I would not keep my word, and come back to redeem him, I can tell them they ken neither the heart of a hielandman, nor the honor of a gentleman. Sir Walter Scott, Waverley.

Honor those who are supported by their labor rather than by praise.
Honor 1074 Honor him…who…finds support in labor instead of praise. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Worship.

The Communists win over people by giving them hope Hope 9 If the Communists win Europe and a large part of the world, it will not be because they know how to stir up discontent or how to infect people with hatred, but because they know how to preach hope. Hoffer, The True Believer.

There are two kinds of hope: one that causes explosions and one that disciplines by patience: short term and long term.
Hope 31 There is a hope that acts as an explosive, and a hope that disciplines and infuses patience…the difference…between the immediate hope and the distant hope. Hoffer, The True Believer

A good horseman controls his horse by his will, not by external actions.
Horsemanship 33 Already a good horseman, he was now initiated into the arts of manège [the art of riding and training horses] which when carried to perfection, almost realizes the fable of the Centaur, the guidance of the horse appearing to proceed from the rider’s mere volition, rather than from the use of any external and apparent signal of motion. Sir Walter Scott, Waverley.

For the Greeks, humans were alike, not different.
Human 287 To the Greek, human beings were not chiefly different but chiefly alike. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

Humanitarian impulses come from egotism.
Human 396 …insights into the egotism of humanitarian impulses. Mellow, Hawthorne in His Times.

All human beings are full of contradictions.
Human Beings 173 Albert Schweitzer: Like all human beings, I am a person who is full of contradictions. Anderson, Schweitzer Album.

He knew that he would be hated for doing so much for him.
Human nature 225 …Amory knew that afterward Alec would secretly hate him for having done so much for him…. Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.

We are made of flesh, but must live as if we were made of iron.
Human nature 83 “…we are cast in flesh but must live as iron.” Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud).

Everyone is an actor.
Human nature 374 We are all actors. Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud).

People would be shattered by knowing everything about themselves.
Human nature 468 …no man should know everything about himself…it could be shattering. Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud).

Men are never content with their life as it is.
Human nature 19 Men are not content with a simple life: They are acquisitive, ambitious, competitive, and jealous; they soon tire of what they have and pine for what they have not; and they seldom desire anything unless it belongs to others. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

Even in good people there is a latent beast.
Human nature 26 In all of us, even in good men, there is such a latent wild beast...which peers out in sleep. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

Every individual is a chaos of desires, emotions and ideas.
Human nature 39 Every individual is a cosmos or a chaos of desires, emotions and ideas. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

Man can visualize a better world and exert the will to achieve it.
Human nature 47 …man’s significance is that he can image a better world, and will some part of it at least into reality. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

Man is molded in part by the environment.
Human nature 72 …we can choose what we shall be, by choosing now the environment that shall mold us. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

We are our habits.
Human nature 76 We are what we repeatedly do. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

Each of us is a part of a perfect person.
Human nature 91 We are all mere fragments of what a man might be. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

Men should stop fighting men and instead war against the obstacles nature creates to obstruct man’s achievements.
Human nature 143 F. Bacon: We shall at last learn the noblest lesson of all, that man must not fight man, but must make war only on the obstacles that nature offers to the triumph of man. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Francis Bacon.

Men are like insects devouring one another.
Human nature 214 Voltaire’s Zadig…then represented to himself the human species as it really is, as a parcel of insects devouring one another on a little atom of clay….. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

Men are inevitably replaced.
Human nature 216 Voltaire on being replaced as the lover of du Chatelet: “one nail drives out another; so goes the world.” . Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

People don’t know where they came from before birth or where they are going after death.
Human nature 226 [Voltaire: [man] knows not whence he comes, nor whither goes. . Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

You can’t change institutions without changing the nature of people.
Human nature 248 Voltaire: After all, when one tries to change institutions without having changed the nature of men, that unchanged nature will soon resurrect those institutions. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

Man wants concord but needs discord to further exert his powers and develop his capacities.
Human nature 282 Kant: Man wishes concord; but nature knows better what is good for his species; and she wills discord in order that man may be impelled to a new exertion of his powers, and to the further development of his natural capacities. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Kant.

We are unhappy married or unmarried, alone or in society.
Human nature 326 Schopenhauer : We are unhappy married, and unmarried we are unhappy; we are unhappy when alone, and unhappy in society; we are like hedge hogs clustering together for warmth, uncomfortable when too closely packed, and yet miserable when kept apart. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Schopenhauer.

Men will not tolerate mandated equality.
Human nature 383 Spencer: Men as now constituted will not tolerate a compulsory equality. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Herbert Spencer.

Man is a bridge, not a goal.
Human nature 417 [Nietzsche] Zarathustra: What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Nietzsche.

Men must surpass what they are.
Human nature 445 ...he [Nietzsche] conceived of man as something that man must surpass. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Nietzsche.

Man suffers so much that he can only laugh.
Human nature 446 Nietzsche: Perhaps I know best why man is the only animal that laughs: he alone suffers so excruciatingly that he was compelled to invent laughter. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Nietzsche.

When we revere liberty as much as wealth, we will be better human beings.
Human nature 530 Durant: When we have learned to reverence liberty as well as wealth, we too shall have our Renaissance. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy.

Men are so complex and contradictory that it is hard to make judgments about them.
Human Nature 5 Truly man is a marvelously vain, diverse and fluctuating subject…hard to found a certain and uniform judgment on him. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

If men submitted all their actions and thoughts to be judged by the law, they would deserve hanging at least ten times.
Human nature 495 There is no man so good who if he submitted all his actions and thoughts to the consideration of the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life…. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

If man cannot match his success in weapons and technology with social and political development, he will disappear like the dinosaur.
Humanity 584 JFK: “Unless man can match his strides in weaponry and technology with equal strides in social and political development, our great strengths like that of the dinosaur, will become incapable of proper control, and man, like the dinosaur, will vanish from the earth. Sorenson, Kennedy

Humanity must achieve unity through plurality.
Humanity 153 It is necessary for humanity to achieve unity through plurality, to learn to come together in the one Church, even while presenting a plurality of ways of thinking and acting, of cultures and civilizations. Pope John Paul II, Threshold

Man is the link between the wide universe and the microscopic.
Humanity 12 …significant to man that in terms of simple magnitude he is the mean between macrocosm and microcosm. Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein.

Man can watch himself as he is in the act of perception.
Humanity 109 Least of all does [Man] understand his noblest and most mysterious faculty: the ability to transcend himself and perceive himself in the act of perception. Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein

Man’s problem is that he is part of the world that he wants to explore.
Humanity 109 Man’s inescapable impasse is that he himself is part of the world he seeks to explore. Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein

Man’s purpose is to unite, not to divide; the effect of division is monkeys throwing nuts at each other from separate trees.
Humanity 221 Merlyn: The destiny of man is to unite, not to divide; if you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees. T. H. White, The Once and Future King.

Mankind can be perfected and is more decent than beastly.
Humanity 621 [King Arthur] had been taught by Merlyn to believe that man was perfectible: that he was on the whole more decent than beastly. T. H. White, The Once and Future King.

When we visit, we note the front door knocker because people and their door knockers resemble each other.
Humanity 40 Whenever we visit a man for the first time, we contemplate the features of his [front door] knocker with the greatest curiosity, for we well know, that between the man and his knocker, there will inevitably be a greater or less degree of resemblance and sympathy. Dickens, Sketches by Boz.

Human contradictions lead to a sense of absurdity.
Humanity 213 …humiliating absurdity of human contradictions…. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Beasts are never as cruel as men.
Humanity 216 People talk sometimes of bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Men were given Paradise, but they chose freedom and unhappiness.
Humanity 220 …I recognize in all humility that I cannot understand why the world is arranged as it is; men are themselves to blame, I suppose; they were given Paradise, they wanted freedom…though they knew they would become unhappy, so there is no need to pity them. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Man became a rebel and thus unhappy.
Humanity 227 Man was created a rebel; and how can rebels be happy? Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Human nature is contradictory.
Humanity 228 …the unsolved…contradictions of human nature. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Everyone either is or seems to be ridiculous.
Humanity 502 Isn’t every one constantly being or seeming ridiculous? Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Man can be more or less than man, the former being more monstrous.
Humanity ix Man can either be less than man or more than man, and both are monsters, the last more dread. Henry Beston, The Outermost House.

Aeneas when shipwrecked saw some carved figures and recognized that the inhabitants knew the pathos of life.
Humanity 29 ...when Aeneas has been shipwrecked in a country that he fears is inhabited by he looks around he sees some figures carved in relief, and he says: “These men know the pathos of life, and mortal things touch their hearts.” Clark, Civilization.

To make themselves angels, men turn themselves into beasts.
Humanity 161 Montaigne: In trying to make themselves angels, men transform themselves into beasts. Clark, Civilization.

The essence of humanity is treating others with respect.
Humanity 364 The essence of humanity is treating one another with respect. Bradley, Time Present, Time Past.

Those waiting to be born could be greater than Shakespeare and Plato.
Humanity 530 Durant: Perhaps there are greater souls than Shakespeare’s, and greater minds than Plato’s, waiting to be born. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy.

Men try to turn their weaknesses into virtues.
Humanity 47 Men always try to make virtues of their weaknesses. Mencken, Minority Report.

Men are the only animals who try to make others unhappy.
Humanity 76 Men are the only animals who devote themselves assiduously to making one another unhappy. Mencken, Minority Report.

Humans do not respect intelligence; they admire presumption, effrontery and dogmatism.
Humanity 134 The human race, taking one day with another, has very little respect for intelligence; what it really admires is presumption, effrontery, dogmatism. Mencken, Minority Report.

Men are essentially antisocial.
Humanity 191 Every man is intrinsically anti-social. Mencken, Minority Report.

Englishmen have added new elements to humanity.
Humanity 841 This race [the English] has added new elements to humanity. Emerson, English Traits.

Removing man’s weaknesses from his nature would destroy him.
Humanity 268 Our being is cemented with sickly qualities; ambition, jealousy, envy, revenge, superstition, and despair…and even cruelty, too…[but] whoever should remove from man the seeds of these qualities would destroy the fundamental conditions of our life. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Every man consists of the full spectrum of humanity.
Humanity 285 Every man bears the entire form of human nature. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Humans are essentially seditious [rebellious] and discordant [conflicting].
Humanity 349 Yet what are we made up of other than sedition and discord? Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Humanity consists of an infinite multitude of individual wills.
Humanity 975 The march of humanity, springing as it does from an infinite multitude of individual wills…. Tolstoi, War and Peace

We are at the same time participants and bystanders, a puzzling role.
Humanity 144 We are simultaneously participants and bystanders, which is a puzzling role to play. L. Thomas, Lives of a Cell.

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