Thursday, October 4, 2007

Quotes: Prophecy. Proselytizing. Protest.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

If we could see what the future holds, none of us would be deterred from seeking it.
Prophecy fate 469 Could the result of one, or all our deeds, be shadowed forth and set before us—some would call it fate, and hurry onward—others be swept along by their passionate desires—and none be turned aside by the Prophetic Pictures. Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches

People kill their prophets, but love the martyrs they themselves have slain. [Does this imply that people turn their dead prophets into martyrs?]
Prophets 292 Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

If any of the prophet’s predictions are inaccurate, he is finished.
Prophets 81 …when he fails in his divination and anything happens otherwise than he has foretold, he is cut into a thousand pieces. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Proselytizing involves searching for truth rather than possessing it.
Proselytizing 114 Proselytizing is more a passionate search for something not yet found than a desire to bestow upon the world something we already have. Hoffer, The True Believer

The proselytizer strengthens his own belief by converting others.
Proselytizing 115 The proselytizing fanatic strengthens his own faith by converting others. Hoffer, The True Believer

I am ready to interrupt anyone who says anything I don’t want to hear.
Protest 16 Dicaeopolis: So here I’m waiting, thoroughly prepared/ To riot, wrangle, interrupt speakers/ When e’er they speak of anything but peace. Aristophanes, Acharnians.

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