— Robert Burton English scholar 1577 - 1640
Section 2, member 3, Air rectified. With a digression of the Air.
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Letter from Johnson to John Taylor, 18 August 1763. The Yale Book of Quotations edited by Fred R. Shapiro, pg 400.
„It's usually the selfish people who are loved the most. They do what you deny yourself, and you love them for it. You give them your heart.“
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
„Do not most of us resemble that old general of ninety who, having come upon some young officers debauching some girls, said to them angrily: "Gentlemen, is that the example I give you?"“
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
„[Jellyfish] are 97% water or something, so how much are they doing? Just give them another 3% and make them water.“
— Karl Pilkington English television personality, social commentator, actor, author and former radio producer 1972
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— Frans de Waal Dutch primatologist and ethologist 1948
Context: In 1879, American economist Francis Walker tried to explain why members of his profession were in such "bad odor amongst real people". He blamed it on their inability to understand why human behavior fails to comply with economic theory. We do not always act the way economists think we should, mainly because we're both less selfish and less rational than economists think we are. Economists are being indoctrinated into a cardboard version of human nature, which they hold true to such a degree that their own behavior has begun to resemble it. Psychological tests have shown that economics majors are more egoistic than the average college student. Exposure in class after class to the capitalist self-interest model apparently kills off whatever prosocial tendencies these students have to begin with. They give up trusting others, and conversely others give up trusting them. Hence the bad odor. "Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are" (2005), p. 243
„This Ecstatic, who gives birth to all things, who rejoices in them all and yet destroys them, this Ecstatic is my Son!“
— Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Context: God confronts me with terror and love — for I am His only hope — and says: "This Ecstatic, who gives birth to all things, who rejoices in them all and yet destroys them, this Ecstatic is my Son!"
„Social behavior is an exchange of goods, material goods but also non-material ones, such as the symbols of approval or prestige. Persons that give much to others try to get much from them, and persons that get much from others are under pressure to give much to them. This process of influence tends to work out at equilibrium to a balance in the exchanges“
— George C. Homans American sociologist 1910 - 1989
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
„I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900