— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„Our talents are the gift that God gives to us… What we make of our talents is our gift back to God“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
„Wisdom is, I suppose, the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.“
— Charles Spurgeon British preacher, author, pastor and evangelist 1834 - 1892
The Fourfold Treasure (1871) No. 991 http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0991.htm
„It is not unlikely, too, that the rejection of God is a kind of punishment: we may well believe that those who knew the Gods and neglected them in one life may in another life be deprived of the knowledge of them altogether. Also those who have worshipped their own kings as gods have deserved as their punishment to lose all knowledge of God.“
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
XVIII. Why there are rejections of God, and that God is not injured.
On the Gods and the Cosmos
„I thought as a kid that talent was God-given, but it’s not. God gives you talent and you should use that talent with the real meaning of that word. I was stubborn. Maybe being young had something to do with it.“
— Darko Miličić Serbian basketball player 1985
As quoted in "Storyline: Whatever Happened to Darko Milicic" https://hoopshype.com/storyline/whatever-happened-to-darko-milicic/ (21 March 2016), HoopsHype
„We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.“
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hermann and Dorothea
Hermann und Dorothea (1797)
„For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over.“
— Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894
Crabbed Age and Youth.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)
Kontext: All error, not merely verbal, is a strong way of stating that the current truth is incomplete. The follies of youth have a basis in sound reason, just as much as the embarrassing questions put by babes and sucklings. Their most antisocial acts indicate the defects of our society. When the torrent sweeps the man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory. Shelley, chafing at the Church of England, discovered the cure of all evils in universal atheism. Generous lads irritated at the injustices of society, see nothing for it but the abolishment of everything and Kingdom Come of anarchy. Shelley was a young fool; so are these cocksparrow revolutionaries. But it is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over. There shall be such a mopping and a mowing at the last day, and such blushing and confusion of countenance for all those who have been wise in their own esteem, and have not learnt the rough lessons that youth hands on to age. If we are indeed here to perfect and complete our own natures, and grow larger, stronger, and more sympathetic against some nobler career in the future, we had all best bestir ourselves to the utmost while we have the time. To equip a dull, respectable person with wings would be but to make a parody of an angel.
„All the gang of those who rule us
Hope our quarrels never stop
Helping them to split and fool us
So they can remain on top.“
— Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
"Solidarity song" [Solidaritätslied] (1931), trans. John Willett in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 186
Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)
„God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.“
— Teresa of Ávila Roman Catholic saint 1515 - 1582
Fourth Mansions, Ch. 3: Prayer of Quiet, as translated by the Benedictines of Stanbrook (1911), revised and edited by Fr. Benedict Zimmerman
Interior Castle (1577)
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Varianta: It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
— Patañjali ancient Indian scholar(s) of grammar and linguistics, of yoga, of medical treatises -200 - -150 pred n. l.
Zdroj: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
„Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.“
— Corrie ten Boom, kniha The Hiding Place
Zdroj: The Hiding Place
„God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having--viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bonds that hinder the life…“
— Oswald Chambers British missionary 1874 - 1917
Zdroj: My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year
„We're taught at such an early age to be against the communists, yet most of us don't have the faintest idea what communism is. Only a fool let's somebody tell them who the enemy is.“
— Assata Shakur American activist who was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army 1947
Zdroj: Assata: In Her Own Words, p. 152
Zdroj: Assata: An Autobiography
„Everyone truly does have God given gifts… Find them and use them, and don't let anyone else tell you that you are less than who you are.“
— Carly Fiorina American corporate executive and politician 1954
David Webb Show http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/05/ohio-male-rnc-member-calls-carly-fiorina-hot-babe/ (5 August 2015).
2010s, 2015, David Webb Show (August 2015)
— Jacques de Molay Grand Master of the Knights Templar 1243 - 1314
Before he died it is said that he cursed both King Phillip and Pope Clement V, summoning them before God, the Supreme Judge, before the year was over.
„Thank God for these gay demonstrators. If I didn't have them, I'd have to invent them. They give me all the publicity I need.“
— Jerry Falwell American evangelical pastor, televangelist, and conservative political commentator 1933 - 2007
As quoted by Falwell's ghostwriter Mel White in "Religion, Politics a Potent Mix for Jerry Falwell" by Steve Inskeep in Morning Edition on NPR (30 June 2006) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5522064