„The assassination must be attempted at all costs. Even if it should not succeed, an attempt to seize power in Berlin must be made. What matters now is no longer the practical purpose of the coup, but to prove to the world and for the records of history that the men of the resistance dared to take the decisive step. Compared to this objective, nothing else is of consequence.“
— Samuel Johnson, The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
„Executives must have a practical knowledge of how to observe, record, analyze and compare essential facts in relation to... all... that enters into or affects the economy of production, the costs of the product.“
— Henry R. Towne American engineer 1844 - 1924
Attributed to Henry R. Towne in: William Kent (1914) Investigating an Industry: A Scientific Diagnosis of the Diseases of Management, p. 3 Comment: William Kent mentions the "The Engineer as an Economist," (1886) as the source.
— J. Michael Straczynski American writer and television producer 1954
„It must now be added that these attempts at proof not only fail of their purpose, and so do no good to religion, but that they positively degrade it.“
— Walter Terence Stace British civil servant, educator and philosopher. 1886 - 1967
— James Branch Cabell American author 1879 - 1958
— Ernst, Baron von Feuchtersleben Austrian psychiatrist, poet and philosopher 1806 - 1849
„The attempt to discover and promulgate the truth is nevertheless an obligation upon all scientists, one that must be persevered in no matter what the rebuffs—for otherwise what is the point in being a scientist?“
— Peter Medawar scientist 1915 - 1987
(with Jean Medawar) Aristotle to Zoos: A Philosophical Dictionary of Biology, 1983
„Hard is it to be in the world, free, yet living the life of ordinary men; but because it is hard, therefore it must be attempted and accomplished.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
— Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
On formation of Government after landslide victory in 1945.
„If things are ever to move upward, some one must take the first step, and assume the risk of it. No one who is not willing to try charity, to try non-resistance as the saint is always willing, can tell whether these methods will or will not succeed.“
— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"
„To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed.“
— Ernest Renan French philosopher and writer 1823 - 1892