— John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire
— Pauline Kael American film critic 1919 - 2001
Interview with Hal Espen, The New Yorker (1994-03-21); reprinted in Espen's Conversations with Pauline Kael (University of Mississippi Press, 1996, ), p. 162.
— Robert M. Pirsig American writer and philosopher 1928
Context: The hippies had in mind something that they wanted, and were calling it "freedom," but in the final analysis "freedom" is a purely negative goal. It just says something is bad. Hippies weren't really offering any alternatives other than colorful short-term ones, and some of these were looking more and more like pure degeneracy. Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation.
— Lester Bangs American music critic and journalist 1948 - 1982
— Julia Child American chef 1912 - 2004
„Like all truly brave people Antonio is light-hearted and likes to joke and make fun of serious things.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Ch. 3 Hemingway is describing his friend, the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez.
„Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„I think that you have to seriously have fun, or taking serious things in a light way and obviously, for me, before all, music is made of fun and pleasure and excitement.“
— Jean-Michel Jarre French composer, performer and music producer 1948
Interviewed on the Danish Monitor radio programme 2005-11-30
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
— Carrie Fisher American actress, screenwriter and novelist 1956 - 2016