„Gorbachevism, carried out by mediocre but ambitious party bureaucrats, is an attempt not only to outdo the people but also the objective laws of human society.“
— Aleksandr Zinovyev Russian writer 1922 - 2006
Crabbed Age and Youth.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)
Kontext: There is a strong feeling in favour of cowardly and prudential proverbs. The sentiments of a man while he is full of ardour and hope are to be received, it is supposed, with some qualification. But when the same person has ignominiously failed and begins to eat up his words, he should be listened to like an oracle. Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity. And since mediocre people constitute the bulk of humanity, this is no doubt very properly so. But it does not follow that the one sort of proposition is any less true than the other, or that Icarus is not to be more praised, and perhaps more envied, than Mr. Samuel Budgett the Successful Merchant. The one is dead, to be sure, while the other is still in his counting-house counting out his money; and doubtless this is a consideration. But we have, on the other hand, some bold and magnanimous sayings common to high races and natures, which set forth the advantage of the losing side, and proclaim it better to be a dead lion than a living dog. It is difficult to fancy how the mediocrities reconcile such sayings with their proverbs. According to the latter, every lad who goes to sea is an egregious ass; never to forget your umbrella through a long life would seem a higher and wiser flight of achievement than to go smiling to the stake; and so long as you are a bit of a coward and inflexible in money matters, you fulfil the whole duty of man.
— Aleksandr Zinovyev Russian writer 1922 - 2006
— Frank Herbert, kniha God Emperor of Dune
Zdroj: God Emperor of Dune
— Haruki Murakami Japanese author, novelist 1949
Zdroj: A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel (1982), Chapter 18, The Strange Man's Tale Goes On
— Haruki Murakami, kniha A Wild Sheep Chase
Zdroj: A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel (1982), Chapter 17, The Strange Man's Strange Tale
— Andrew Johnson American politician, 17th president of the United States (in office from 1865 to 1869) 1808 - 1875
Quote, First State of the Union Address (1865)
Kontext: Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Part V, Ch. 3 : 3rd Public Talk Madras 14th January 1968 "The Sacred" http://www.jiddu-krishnamurti.net/en/awakening-of-intelligence/1968-01-14-jiddu-krishnamurti-awakening-of-intelligence-the-sacred
1970s, The Awakening of Intelligence (1973)
— Nnamdi Azikiwe First President of Nigeria 1904 - 1996
My Odyssey (1971), No. 5
— Malcolm Gladwell, kniha Blink
Zdroj: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
— Newton N. Minow United States attorney and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 1926
Speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, May 9, 1961 (the Wasteland Speech)
— Gottfried Helnwein Austrian photographer and painter 1948
Interview by Michal Szyksznian http://www.gottfried-helnwein-interviews.com/interviews/celebritarian.html, celebritarian.pl, 2009
— Andrew Carnegie American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Playboy interview (May 1995)
Kontext: In the real world, very smart people fail and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ. Also, the idea that intelligence can be gauged by an IQ test is erroneous.
— Chris Hedges American journalist 1956
Transcript: Thom Hartmann talks to Chris Hedges about how liberals are a useless lot. 07 Dec '09. http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2010/02/transcript-thom-hartmann-talks-chris-hedges-about-how-liberals-are-useless-lot-07-dec-0
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
"Aristonmetron" is an unusual formation of the Greek άριστον μέτρον (ariston metron or metron ariston: "Moderation is best").
Opera and Humour (1991)
— Nicolas Chamfort French writer 1741 - 1794
Il y a peu d'hommes qui se permettent un usage vigoureux et intrépide de leur raison, et osent l'appliquer à tous les objets dans toute sa force. Le tems est venu où il faut l'appliquer ainsi à tous les objets de la Morale, de la Politique et de la Société, aux rois, aux ministres, aux grands, aux philosophes, aux principes des Sciences, des Beaux-arts, etc., sans quoi, on restera dans la médiocrité.
— Robert A. Heinlein, kniha Have Space Suit—Will Travel
Zdroj: Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958), Chapter 9
— André Gide, kniha The Immoralist
Zdroj: The Immoralist
— William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Zdroj: Twelfth Night
— Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642