„For of all gainful professions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing, nothing more delightful, nothing better becomes a well-bred man than agriculture.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 p. n. e.
Book I, section 42. Translation by Cyrus R. Edmonds (1873), p. 73
„There's nothing to gain when there's nothing to be lost.
There's nothing to gain if you stay behind and count the cost.
Make the decision that you can be who you can be,
You can be.
Tasting the fruit come to the Liberty Tree.“
— Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950
Shaking the Tree
„From all these things the Gods gain nothing; what gain could there be to God? It is we who gain some communion with them.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
Context: The divine itself is without needs, and the worship is paid for our own benefit. The providence of the Gods reaches everywhere and needs only some congruity for its reception. All congruity comes about by representation and likeness; for which reason the temples are made in representation of heaven, the altar of earth, the images of life (that is why they are made like living things), the prayers of the element of though, the mystic letters of the unspeakable celestial forces, the herbs and stones of matter, and the sacrificial animals of the irrational life in us. From all these things the Gods gain nothing; what gain could there be to God? It is we who gain some communion with them. XV. Why we give worship to the Gods when they need nothing.
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942
„To live miserable we know not why, to have the dread of hunger, to work sore and yet gain nothing—this is the essence of poverty.“
— Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942
„And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn't matter.“
— Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
„“I wish...” she said, and stopped. There was nothing that could be gained by wishing for it. A final deep shaky breath, and she was ready to go on.“
— Philip Pullman English author 1946
Ch. 23 : The Bridge to the Stars
„Nothing venture, nothing gain.
Who ne'er his bread in sorrow ate,
Who ne'er the mournful midnight hours
Weeping upon his bed has sate,
He knows you not, ye Heavenly Powers.“
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Bk. II, Ch. 13; translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow