— Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter 1934 - 2016
— Leo Tolstoy, buch The Kreutzer Sonata
Quelle: The Kreutzer Sonata (1889), Ch. 23. This is not, as it is often quoted, a stand-alone Tolstoy epigram, but part of the narration by the novella's jealousy-ridden protagonist Pozdnyshev.
— Jimmy Savile English DJ, television presenter, media personality and paedophile 1926 - 2011
Jimmy Savile quoted in: " Savile and the tape that damn the police http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2461443/Jimmy-Savile-tapes-damn-police-The-special-treatment-allowed-DJ-escape-justice.html," in: Daily Mail, 15 October 2013 ; Quotes originate from a secret police interview in 2009 released only after Savile's death.
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
Veronika Decides to Die (1998)
— James Hudson Taylor Missionary in China 1832 - 1905
A.J. Broomhall. Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Two: Over the Treaty Wall. London: Hodder and Stoughton and Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 1982, 6).
„Physics and philosophy are at most a few thousand years old, but probably have lives of thousands of millions of years stretching away in front of them. They are only just beginning to get under way…“
— James Jeans British mathematician and astronomer 1877 - 1946
Physics and Philosophy (1942)
„A work will be treated as art within a certain circle – that is, within the circle of let's say ten thousand people. There are about ten thousand in the world today who are prepared to take it on face value if you present anything to them as art, they deal with it straight on as art and tell you whether it stimulates them, moves them, or not. Some of them might even buy it... Anyway, it seems to me that within that ring of ten thousand, fortunately, that sincerity issue [the issue: is something art or not] is over. The reason why that issue failed is that it became obvious no one would live a life of art, a life of poverty, just to pull somebody's legs. In other words, there were compensating sacrifices for what people did.“
— Carl Andre American artist 1935
Quelle: Artists talks 1969 – 1977, p. 18
— Lobão Brazilian musician 1957
From the lyrics of his song Vida Louca, Vida (Life, Crazy Life)
— Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
Diary of an Unknown (1988), On Invisibility
Kontext: Poetry, being elegance itself, cannot hope to achieve visibility. In that case, you ask me, of what use is it? Of no use. Who will see it? No one. Which does not prevent it from being an outrage to modesty, though its exhibitionism is squandered on the blind. It is enough for poetry to express a personal ethic, which can then break away in the form of a work. It insists on living its own life. It becomes the pretext for a thousand misunderstandings that go by the name of glory...
„Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!“
— Richard Bach, buch Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Quelle: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
— Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642
Third letter on sunspots (December 1612) to Mark Wesler (1558 - 1614), as quoted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo (1957) by Stillman Drake, p. 134 - 135; Italian text online at Liber Liber http://www.liberliber.it/biblioteca/g/galilei/lettere/html/lett08c.htm, also from IntraText http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ITA0188/_PQ.HTM.
Variant translation: In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
As quoted in Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men (1859) by François Arago, as translated by Baden Powell, Robert Grant, and William Fairbairn, p. 365
Variante: In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.
Kontext: for in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge, buch The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Quelle: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
„Who are they to try me? They should be tried first. [They are] people who are rejecting the United Nations resolutions, who are rejecting the Hague Court resolution, who are rejecting the world public opinion, who have no respect for any internation law, and who are massacring people, executing people, just imprisoning thousands and thousands and thousands without any reasons. Who is going to try them?“
— Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah of Iran 1919 - 1980
David Frost (January 1980), The Shah Speaks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKUQUDf5IBo&feature=related (video)
— Samuel R. Delany, buch Tales of Nevèrÿon
Section 2 (p. 46)
Tales of Nevèrÿon (1979)
— Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877
Said to Braxton Bragg at Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863. As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.
— Philip Massinger, A Very Woman
A Very Woman (1619), Act v. Sc. 4. Compare: "Death hath so many doors to let out life", Beaumont and Fletcher, The Custom of the Country, act ii. sc. 2; "The thousand doors that lead to death", Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, part i, sect. xliv.
„Thirty or forty proprietors, with incomes answering to between one thousand and five thousand a year, would create a much more effectual demand for the necessaries, conveniences, and luxuries of life, than a single proprietor possessing a hundred thousand a year.“
— Thomas Robert Malthus, Principles of Political Economy
Book II, Chapter I, On the Progress of Wealth, Section VII, p. 374
Principles of Political Economy (Second Edition 1836)