„Naturalism has been defined by many people. It's just a world view that does not include the supernatural so it's everything else.“

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„So it happens at times that a person believes that he has a world-view, but that there is yet one particular phenomenon that is of such a nature that it baffles the understanding“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Context: So it happens at times that a person believes that he has a world-view, but that there is yet one particular phenomenon that is of such a nature that it baffles the understanding, and that he explains differently and attempts to ignore in order not to harbor the thought that this phenomenon might overthrow the whole view, or that his reflection does not possess enough courage and resolution to penetrate the phenomenon with his world-view. Pap. V B 53:20 1844 The Concept of Anxiety, Nichol p. 188

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„But it can all be summed up in this: The average man regards the common as natural, the uncommon as supernatural. The educated man—and by that I mean the developed man—is satisfied that all phenomena are natural, and that the supernatural does not and can not exist.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: It is probably safe to say that at one time, or during one phase of the development of man, everything was miraculous. After a time, the mind slowly developing, certain phenomena, always happening under like conditions, were called “natural,” and none suspected any special interference. The domain of the miraculous grew less and less—the domain of the natural larger; that is to say, the common became the natural, but the uncommon was still regarded as the miraculous. The rising and setting of the sun ceased to excite the wonder of mankind—there was no miracle about that; but an eclipse of the sun was miraculous. Men did not then know that eclipses are periodical, that they happen with the same certainty that the sun rises. It took many observations through many generations to arrive at this conclusion. Ordinary rains became “natural,” floods remained “miraculous.” But it can all be summed up in this: The average man regards the common as natural, the uncommon as supernatural. The educated man—and by that I mean the developed man—is satisfied that all phenomena are natural, and that the supernatural does not and can not exist.

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„In my view, I’ve had tons of success but, in the way the world views success and they expect Idols to do, mine has just been a longer journey to get there. And I’m grateful for it. It just makes the journey that much sweeter in the end.“

—  Katharine McPhee American pop singer, songwriter, and actress 1984
'Smash' scoop: Katharine McPhee talks NBC's new musical drama and life after 'Idol' -- 'Certain casting people didn’t wanna see me' http://ew.com/article/2012/01/24/smash-katharine-mcphee-2/ (January 24, 2012)

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„So for a leader, it is very important that he is in the best of emotions within himself all the time because everything that he does, affects so many people.“

—  Sadhguru 1957
Context: So for a leader, it is very important that he is in the best of emotions within himself all the time because everything that he does, affects so many people. So there, our (India's) leadership has not worked at all, especially in the last five years. When leaders are insecure, leaders are fearful. He will then do what is good for him only. Only when he is joyful, when his experience of life is not affected by what's happening around him, he will do what is needed. We want leaders who will do what is needed, not what they need. Economic Times http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-11-15/news/44113918_1_business-leaders-privilege-yoga-classes, 15 November 2013

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„I have a simple, childlike view of life, and I want to keep it. That's why I never got into that Beverly Hills world. So many pretentious people. They just aren't real.“

—  Tina Turner singer, dancer, actress, and author 1939
Oprah's Interview with Tina Turner http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Oprahs-Interview-with-Tina-Turner/10, 2005, page 10

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„Until now has there ever been a time in which so many of the prophecies are coming together? There have been times in the past when people thought the end of the world was coming, and so forth, but never anything like this.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
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