„But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.“

—  bell hooks, buch All About Love: New Visions

Quelle: All About Love: New Visions

Letzte Aktualisierung 17. Dezember 2021. Geschichte
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bell hooks
afroamerikanische Literaturwissenschaftlerin und Feministin 1952

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„Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

We Had Him (2009)
Kontext: Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.
He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.

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„It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reading is, and what shifts we make to escape thinking. There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds.“

—  James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891

A Moosehead Journal.
Literary Essays, vol. I (1864-1890)

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„Love is just another means of manipulation. We can use that emotion like we use hatred and fear.“

—  John Twelve Hawks, buch The Traveler

Fourth Realm Trilogy (2005-2009), The Traveler (2005)

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„How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?“

—  John Steinbeck, buch The Grapes of Wrath

Quelle: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

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„Climate change is already... costing our nations trillions of dollars and we know that none of us can escape the worse that’s yet to come if we fail to seize this moment.“

—  Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States (in office from 2009 to 2017) 1942

2021, November 2021, US President's Statement on Day 2 of the 2021 UN Climate Conference

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„Then a overflowing desire comes to me, absurd, of a sort of satanism before Satan, in that one day […] an escape out of God can be found and the deepest of us stops, I don't know how, to be a part of being or not being.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares

Os Grandes Trechos, s/n. Translated from the Portuguese Richard Zenith Edition, Lisbon, 2006
The Book of Disquiet
Original: E então vem-me o desejo transbordante, absurdo, de uma espécie de satanismo que precedeu Satã, de que um dia [...] se encontre uma fuga para fora de Deus e o mais profundo de nós deixe, não sei como, de fazer parte do ser ou do não ser.

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„We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, buch Les Caractères

Le commencement et le déclin de l'amour se font sentir par l'embarras où l'on est de se trouver seuls.
Aphorism 33
Les Caractères (1688), Du Coeur

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„Men can frighten us, other women can frighten us, and sometimes we worry so much about what frightens us that we wait to have an orgasm until we are alone. We pretend to want things we don’t want so nobody can see us not getting what we need.“

—  Lisa Taddeo American writer and journalist 1980

Quelle: On women being told to control their own impulses in “Lisa Taddeo on her bestseller Three Women: 'I thought I was writing a quiet little book'” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/06/lisa-taddeo-interview-three-women in The Guardian (2019 Dec 6)

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„There is no sorrow in the world, when we have escaped from the fear of death.“

—  Seneca the Younger, buch Epistulae morales

Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LXXVIII: On the Healing Power of the Mind

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„Say something to us that we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

" Take Something Like a Star http://somethingbeautiful.typepad.com/blog/2004/10/robert_frost_to.html" (1949)
General sources
Kontext: O Star (the fairest one in sight)
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud —
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us that we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says "I burn."

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