„Better guilt than the terrible burden of freedom and responsibility,; especially when the choice comes too late in life for one to be able to start over again.“
"A General View of Mental Illness", p. 213
The Denial of Death (1973)
„For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.“
— Eric Roth American screenwriter 1945
Zdroj: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Zdroj: The Great Gatsby
„In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.“
— Edward Gibbon English historian and Member of Parliament 1737 - 1794
This quotation appeared in an article by Margaret Thatcher, "The Moral Foundations of Society" ( Imprimis, March 1995 https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-moral-foundations-of-society/), which was an edited version of a lecture Thatcher had given at Hillsdale College in November 1994. Here is the actual passage from Thatcher's article:
<blockquote>[M]ore than they wanted freedom, the Athenians wanted security. Yet they lost everything—security, comfort, and freedom. This was because they wanted not to give to society, but for society to give to them. The freedom they were seeking was freedom from responsibility. It is no wonder, then, that they ceased to be free. In the modern world, we should recall the Athenians' dire fate whenever we confront demands for increased state paternalism.</blockquote>
The italicized passage above originated with Thatcher. In characterizing the Athenians in the article she cited Sir Edward Gibbon, but she seems to have been paraphrasing statements in "Athens' Failure," a chapter of classicist Edith Hamilton's book The Echo of Greece (1957), pp. 47–48 http://www.ergo-sum.net/books/Hamilton_EchoOfGreece_pp.47-48.jpg).
„The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.“
— Rose Wilder Lane American journalist 1886 - 1968
Said in 1936, as quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, prologue, by William V. Holtz (1993).
— Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book
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The Ring and the Book (1868-69)
Kontext: White shall not neutralize the black, nor good
Compensate bad in man, absolve him so:
Life’s business being just the terrible choice.
„If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.“
— Edith Hamilton American teacher and writer 1867 - 1963
The Echo of Greece (1957)
Kontext: What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a co-operative business, possessed of great wealth, in which all citizens had a right to share... Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result... If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms.
— Richard Carlson Author, psychotherapist and motivational speaker 1961 - 2006
Zdroj: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
„One always dies too soon — or too late. And yet, life is there, finished: the line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life.“
— Jean Paul Sartre, No Exit
On meurt toujours trop tôt - ou trop tard. Et cependant la vie est là, terminée : le trait est tiré, il faut faire la somme. Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.
Inès, Act 1, sc. 5
No Exit (1944)
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„:(6) For this purpose everyone, choosing in complete freedom and on his own responsibility, must be able and permitted to utilize all the philosophical and scientific thought models useful for this vital choice;“
— Fred Polak Dutch futurologist 1907 - 1985
„At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.“
— Maya Angelou, kniha I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Zdroj: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), p. 212. ISBN 978-0-375-50789-2
— Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945
Zdroj: The Diary of a Young Girl
„If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player. And you damn well better belive I'd be a Pittsburgh Steeler.“
— Jack Lambert American football player 1952
In his Hall of Fame induction speech. http://www.profootballhof.com/multimedia/inductions/2010/7/6/jack-lamberts-enshrinement-speech/
— Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!
Zdroj: Hey Nostradamus!
— Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976
— Maggie O'Farrell British writer 1972
Zdroj: After You'd Gone