„The history of culture shows that foolishness is a twin sister of wisdom. It does not flourish on the fields of pure ignorance but on the fields tirelessly plowed by doctors and professors. Great absurdities do not flourish where one is busy with everyday life. No wonder that sometimes most vigorous thinkers come up with utmost stupidities.“
— H. Havelock Ellis British physician, writer, and social reformer 1859 - 1939
„Love flourishes in expectation. Expectation strolls through the spacious fields of Time towards Opportunity.“
— Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before
„[H]aving problems is not a license to vote stupid. People need the tractor to plow the damn field, now.“
— Mike Murphy (political consultant) American political consultant 1962
As quoted in "Debriefing Mike Murphy" https://www.weeklystandard.com/matt-labash/debriefing-mike-murphy (18 March 2016), by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard
— Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron
Context: "I have marched in many a battle host," Adaon answered quietly, "but I have also planted seeds and reaped the harvest with my own hands. And I have learned there is greater honor in a field well plowed than in a field steeped in blood." Chapter 3
„To speak the unspeakable without the proper rhetorical flourish or introduction; to muff that flourish, either by accident, misjudgment, or simple ignorance; to choose the wrong flourish or not choose any (i. e., to choose the flourish called "the literal") is to perform the unspeakable.“
— Samuel R. Delany American author, professor and literary critic 1942
On the Unspeakable, Avant-Pop http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avant-Pop:_Fiction_for_a_Daydream_Nation, p. 150
„I believe it is through independence that we can do most to help our nation to flourish, to improve our quality of life.“
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
„Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.“
— Leo Burnett American advertising executive 1891 - 1971
„It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature.“
— John Von Neumann Hungarian-American mathematician and polymath 1903 - 1957
As quoted "John von Neumann (1903 - 1957)" by Eugene Wigner, in Year book of the American Philosophical Society (1958); later in Symmetries and Reflections : Scientific Essays of Eugene P. Wigner (1967), p. 261
— Barry Goldwater American politician 1909 - 1998
Reported in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 36-37, as having appeared in the Baltimore Catholic Review.
— Fritz Wotruba Austrian sculptor (23 April 1907, Vienna – 28 August 1975, Vienna) 1907 - 1975
„Of course, sometimes a species’ invention only benefited itself. Goats developed an ability to eat almost anything, right down to the roots. Goats proliferated. Deserts spread behind them.
Then another creature appeared, one whose originality was unprecedented. Its numbers grew. And in its wake some other types did flourish. The common cat and dog. The rat. Starlings and pigeons. And the cockroach. Meanwhile, opportunity grew sparse for those less able to share the vast new riches—huge expanses of plowed fields and mowed lawns, streets and parking lots...
The coming of the grasses had left its mark indelibly on the history of the world.
So would the Age of Asphalt and Concrete.“
— David Brin novelist, short story writer 1950
Part II (p. 122)
— Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
Context: Humor is, however, nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes. Unjust Judgments (1874)
„When the Twin Towers collapsed do you know what was in the basement? [... ] Lots of gold. Do you know where it is? [... ] Nobody does. It disappeared. Did those buildings drop down to cover a great crime being committed? Somebody is taking all this gold out of the Twin Tower basement. Makes you wonder.“
— Kent Hovind American young Earth creationist 1953
3 April 2006