„Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly.“
— Cratinus Old Athenian Comic poet -500
Pytine ("The Wineflask")
„The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.“
— Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
„In all countries, where the established religion is of a mild and tolerating nature, it will at length swallow up all the rest.“
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Context: I cannot guess what may be the fate of Quakerism in America; but I perceive it loses ground daily in England. In all countries, where the established religion is of a mild and tolerating nature, it will at length swallow up all the rest. <!-- Quakers cannot sit as representatives in parliament, nor can they enjoy any posts or office under the government, because an oath must be always taken on these occasions, and they never swear; so that they are reduced to the necessity of subsisting by traffic. Their children, when enriched by the industry of their parents, become desirous of enjoying honors, and of wearing buttons and ruffles; are ashamed of being called Quakers, and become converts to the Church of England, merely to be in the faction.
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
— Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001
Context: Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
„When torrential water tosses boulders, it is because of its momentum. When the strike of a hawk breaks the body of its prey, it is because of timing.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 avant J.-C.
„But for those that are equal to have an unequal share and those that are alike an unlike share is contrary to nature, and nothing contrary to nature is noble.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 avant J.-C.
Book VII 3.5, 1325b
„The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it.“
— Catherine the Great Empress of Russia 1729 - 1796
Context: The Usage of Torture is contrary to all the Dictates of Nature and Reason; even Mankind itself cries out against it, and demands loudly the total Abolition of it. <!-- Item 123
„The whole contains nothing which is not or its advantage; and all natures indeed have this common principle, but the nature of the universe has this principle besides, that it cannot be compelled even by any external cause to generate anything harmful to itself.“
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180