„Because of the influence of the cinema, most reports or stories of violence are so pictorial that they lack content or meaning. The camera brings them to our eyes, but does not settle them in our minds, nor in time.“
„The constant refrain that bringing our troops home would demonstrate a lack of support for them must be one of the most amazing distortions ever foisted on the American public.“
— Ron Paul American politician and physician 1935
The Upcoming Iraq War Funding Bill http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2007/cr032007.htm (March 20, 2007).
„It is because our culture is changing so fast, because it does not settle on everything that we need to go into these questions.“
— Mary Midgley British philosopher and ethicist 1919
Context: Other areas were being mapped by anthropologists, who seemed to have some interest in my problem, but who were inclined (at that time) to say that what human beings had in common was not in the end very important; that the key to all the mysteries did lie in culture. This seemed to me shallow. It is because our culture is changing so fast, because it does not settle on everything that we need to go into these questions. Introduction, Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature (1979).
„Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting. Precisely because they are carefully designed to be read, nobody reads them.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Context: For fear of the newspapers politicians are dull, and at last they are too dull even for the newspapers. The speeches in our time are more careful and elaborate, because they are meant to be read, and not to be heard. And exactly because they are more careful and elaborate, they are not so likely to be worthy of a careful and elaborate report. They are not interesting enough. So the moral cowardice of modern politicians has, after all, some punishment attached to it by the silent anger of heaven. Precisely because our political speeches are meant to be reported, they are not worth reporting. Precisely because they are carefully designed to be read, nobody reads them. "On the Cryptic and the Elliptic"
„Most events spring from causes equally small: we are unacquainted with them because most historians have been themselves ignorant of them, or have not had eyes capable of perceiving them. It is true, that, in this respect, the mind may repair their omissions; for the knowledge of certain principles easily compensates the lack of knowledge of certain facts.“
— Claude Adrien Helvétius French philosopher 1715 - 1771
La plupart des évènements ont des causes aussi petites. Nous les ignorons, parce que la plupart des historiens les ont ignorées eux-mêmes, ou parce qu’ils n’ont pas eu d’yeux pour les appercevoir. Il est vrai qu’à cet égard l’esprit peut réparer leurs omissions : la connoissance de certains principes supplée facilement à la connoissance de certains faits. Essay III, Chapter I
„Our minds can come up with the most entertaining possibilities, if we let them. But most of the time, we keep them under far too close a check.“
— Alexander McCall Smith British writer 1948
The Careful Use of Compliments, chapter 15.
„The truth is: Islam does not belong to us. It brings violence and danger everywhere. We need to deislamize and close our borders.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
As quoted in "Dutch cabinet intensifies security after Paris attacks" http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/14/c_134816626.htm, Xinhua News Agency (14 November 2015)
— Edward Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor 1982
Penguin Books 2015 edition, page 45.