„Men do not sufficiently realise that their future is in their own hands.“

—  Henri Bergson, libro The Two Sources of Morality and Religion

Concluding sentences <!-- University of Notre Dame Press, 2002, p. 317 --> ; often just the last part of the last sentence is quoted, in the form: "The universe is a machine for making gods."
The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932)
Contexto: Men do not sufficiently realise that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs is the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling, even on their refractory planet, the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for the making of gods (la fonction essentielle de l'universe, qui est une machine à faire des dieux).

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escritor y filósofo irracionalista francés 1859 - 1941

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„Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.“

—  George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
Fuente: Man and Superman

Rita Levi-Montalcini Foto

„After centuries of dormancy, young women can now look toward a future moulded by their own hands.“

—  Rita Levi-Montalcini Italian neurologist 1909 - 2012

Quoted in Obituary in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/30/rita-levi-montalcini

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„I do not expect to publish any future work of mine which may do damage in the hands of irresponsible militarists“

—  Norbert Wiener American mathematician 1894 - 1964

"A Scientist Rebels" Atlantic Monthly (Jan, 1947)
Contexto: The measures taken during the war by our military agencies, in restricting the free intercourse among scientists on related projects or even on the same project have gone so far that it is clear that if continued in time of peace, this policy will lead to the total irresponsibility of the scientist, and, ultimately, to the death of science.... The interchange of ideas, which is one of the greatest traditions of science, must of course receive certain limitations when the scientist becomes an arbiter of life and death.... I do not expect to publish any future work of mine which may do damage in the hands of irresponsible militarists...

Isaac Asimov Foto

„Any system which allows men to choose their own future will end by choosing safety and mediocrity, and in such a Reality the stars are out of reach.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popula... 1920 - 1992

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Ernst Chain Foto

„The future of medicine is safe in your hands.“

—  Ernst Chain German scientist 1906 - 1979

Quoted in: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, art. Chain, Ernst
To Ashoka Jahnavi-Prasad http://www.jewage.org/wiki/en/Profile:P1418531335&article=Article:Ernst%20Boris%20Chain%20-%20Biography the doctor who attended him in his final days

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Walter Scott Foto

„All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.“

—  Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832

Letter to J. G. Lockhart (c. 16 June 1830), in H. J. C. Grierson (ed.), Letters of Sir Walter Scott, Vol. II (1936), as reported in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999), p. 652

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Alex Salmond Foto

„The future strength of our rural economies and communities will depend upon the availability of a sufficient and appropriate supply of housing.“

—  Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Lecture (December 19, 2007)

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„I cannot sufficiently admire the eminence of those men's wits“

—  Galileo Galilei, libro Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Thomas Salusbury translation (1661) p. 301 as quoted by Edwin Arthur Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1925)
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632)
Contexto: I cannot sufficiently admire the eminence of those men's wits, that have received and held it to be true, and with the sprightliness of their judgments offered such violence to their own senses, as that they have been able to prefer that which their reason dictated to them, to that which sensible experiments represented most manifestly to the contrary.... I cannot find any bounds for my admiration, how that reason was able in Aristarchus and Copernicus, to commit such a rape on their senses, as in despite thereof to make herself mistress of their credulity.

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„Everyone has got to realise you can't hold onto the past if you want any future. Each second should lead to the next one.“

—  Joe Strummer British musician, singer, actor and songwriter 1952 - 2002

Interview for Sounds Magazine on 17 July 1982. [Armed Combat, Sounds Magazine, 17 July 1982]

Maria Montessori Foto

„The man who, through his own efforts, is able to perform all the actions necessary for his comfort and development in life, conquers himself, and in doing so multiplies his abilities and perfects himself as an individual.
We must make of the future generation, powerful men, and by that we mean men who are independent and free.“

—  Maria Montessori Italian pedagogue, philosopher and physician 1870 - 1952

Ch. 5 : Discipline, p. 100.
Contexto: Let us picture to ourselves a clever and proficient workman, capable, not only of producing much and perfect work, but of giving advice in his workshop, because of his ability to control and direct the general activity of the environment in which he works. The man who is thus master of his environment will be able to smile before the anger of others, showing that great mastery of himself which comes from consciousness of his ability to do things. We should not, however, be in the least surprised to know that in his home this capable workman scolded his wife if the soup was not to his taste, or not ready at the appointed time. In his home, he is no longer the capable workman; the skilled workman here is the wife, who serves him and prepares his food for him. He is a serene and pleasant man where he is powerful through being efficient, but is domineering where he is served. Perhaps if he should learn how to prepare his soup he might become a perfect man! The man who, through his own efforts, is able to perform all the actions necessary for his comfort and development in life, conquers himself, and in doing so multiplies his abilities and perfects himself as an individual.
We must make of the future generation, powerful men, and by that we mean men who are independent and free.

Charles de Gaulle Foto

„The future does not belong to men…“

—  Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970

L'avenir n'appartient pas aux hommes...
Speech, December 1967
Fifth Republic and other post-WW2

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„We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds…A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1830s, The American Scholar http://www.emersoncentral.com/amscholar.htm (1837)
Contexto: We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds... A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.

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