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“What are we to do, then? To make the best of what lies within our power, and deal with everything else as it comes. ‘How does it come, then?’ As God wills.”
Epictetus, Discourses, Fragments, Handbook

“The book is a rhetorical masterpiece of scientism, and it benefits from the particular kind of fear that numbers impose on nonprofessional commentators. It runs to 845 pages, including more than a hundred pages of appendixes filled with figures. So their text looks complicated, and reviewers shy away with a knee–jerk claim that, while they suspect fallacies of argument, they really cannot judge.”

Mark Twain
“The shades of difference between other people and me serve to make variety and prevent monotony, but that is all; broadly speaking, we are all alike; and so by studying myself carefully and comparing myself with other people, and noting the divergences, I have been enabled to acquire a knowledge of the human race which I perceive is more accurate and more comprehensive than that which has been acquired and revealed by any other member of our species. As a result, my private and concealed opinion of myself is not of a complimentary sort. It follows that my estimate of the human race is the duplicate of my estimate of myself.”
Mark Twain, Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

Daniel Kahneman
“However, optimism is highly valued, socially and in the market; people and firms reward the providers of dangerously misleading information more than they reward truth tellers. One of the lessons of the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession is that there are periods in which competition, among experts and among organizations, creates powerful forces that favor a collective blindness to risk and uncertainty.”
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Roger Willemsen
“Nicht die Stammtischrhetorik ist es, die die Idee des Hohen Hauses blamiert, es ist vielmehr die Nichtanerkennung der Verluste, die Verachtung der Empathischen und Engagierten, die aus einem solchen Redner den legitimen Repräsentanten eines blasierten Zynismus macht, der noch den Mitarbeitern von Hilfsorganisationen vorwirft, dass sich die Not, die sie sehen, in ihren Zügen wiederfindet. Solche Verachtung mag ihm zwar den Beifall der CDU/CSU und der FDP einbringen, eigentlich aber verrät er die hehre Idee des Parlaments, das in diesem Augenblick dem Hohn über den Widerstand und das bürgerschaftliche Engagement applaudiert.”
Roger Willemsen, Das Hohe Haus. Ein Jahr im Parlament

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