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French writer 1888-1948
Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.
C. S. Lewis
Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset
Spanish writer and philosopher 1883-1955
The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
A googolplex is precisely as far from infinity as is the number 1... no matter what number you have in mind, infinity is larger still.Source: Cosmos (1980)
American economist 1912-
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
A man's personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world precisely that importance which they have to himself. If he makes light of them, so will other men.
American actor, comedian, producer 1937-
A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.
American novelist, essayist and autobiographer 1900-1977
Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
William S. Burroughs
American writer and artist 1914-1997
America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.
Carl von Clausewitz
Prussian general and military 1780-1831
Architects and painters know precisely what they are about as long as they deal with material phenomena.... But when they come to the aesthetics of their work, when they aim at a particular effect on the mind or on the senses, the rules dissolve into nothing but vague ideas.Source: On War (1832)
German politician 1954-
At this time - we're in a dramatic crisis - euro bonds are precisely the wrong answer. They lead us into a debt union, not a stability union. Each country has to take its own steps to reduce its debt.
American scholar, organizational consultant and author 1925-2014
Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.
Austrian psychiatrist 1856-1939
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
American writer, poet, criticus 1911-1972
Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.
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