— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1902 - 1983
Context: This food-and-shelter theory concerning man's efforts is without insight. Our most persistent and spectacular efforts are concerned not with the preservation of what we are but with the building up of an imaginary conception of ourselves in the opinion of others. The desire for praise is more imperative than the desire for food and shelter. Entry (1952)
„The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.“
— Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535 - -475 avant J.-C.
„The works of the righteous would be mortal sins if they would not be feared as mortal sins by the righteous themselves out of pious fear of God.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
"Heidelberg Disputation: Thesis 7" (1518), http://bookofconcord.org/heidelberg.php#7.
„Things to be done offer themselves, I suppose, because they are in themselves desirable; not because it is desirable to have something to do.“
— Anthony Trollope English novelist (1815-1882) 1815 - 1882
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
Context: If I don't kill him he'll make war all through Europe. But murder... the most foul of all crimes. What would Socrates say? All those Greeks were homosexuals. Boy, they must have had some wild parties. I bet they all took a house together in Crete for the summer. A: Socrates is a man. B: All men are mortal. C: All men are Socrates. That means all men are homosexuals. Heh... I'm not a homosexual. Once, some cossacks whistled at me. I happen to have the kind of body that excites both persuasions. You know, some men are heterosexual and some men are bisexual and some men don't think about sex at all, you know... they become lawyers.
„The Muse gave the Greeks their native character, and allowed them to speak in noble tones, they who desired nothing but praise.“
— Horace Roman lyric poet -65 - -8 avant J.-C.
„Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him, all creatures here below!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!“
— Thomas Ken Bishop of Bath and Wells 1637 - 1711
Morning and Evening Hymn.
— John Ogilby Scottish academic 1600 - 1676
Fab. II: Of the Dog and Shadow
„They boosted themselves with such nauseating self-praise as to make the stones jump out of the walls and flee.“
— Giovanni Boccaccio Italian author and poet 1313 - 1375
Il Corbaccio (c. 1355), "The Labyrinth of Love" (tr. Normand Cartier)