— Alan Bennett English actor, author 1934
„To-day alone was real. Never was man brought into contact with reality save through the evanescent emotions and sensations of that single moment, that infinitesimal fraction of a second, which was passing now — and it was in the insignificance of this moment, precisely, that religious persons must believe.“
— James Branch Cabell American author 1879 - 1958
Context: To-day alone was real. Never was man brought into contact with reality save through the evanescent emotions and sensations of that single moment, that infinitesimal fraction of a second, which was passing now — and it was in the insignificance of this moment, precisely, that religious persons must believe. So ran the teachings of all dead and lingering faiths alike. Here was, perhaps, only another instance of mankind's abhorrence of actualities; and man's quaint dislike of facing reality was here disguised as a high moral principle. That was why all art, which strove to make the sensations of a moment soul-satisfying, was dimly felt to be irreligious. For art performed what religion only promised. Ch. 26 : "Epper Si Muove"
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Context: Now, to-day, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it. Book II, Chapter 5, "The Practical Conclusion"
„For himself, he had never thought it would be this bad. He had stopped remembering her, except maybe ten times a day, but now she came to him and the forgetting would have to be done all over again.“
— Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001
Brave To Be a King (p. 63)
— Dean Acheson Statesman and lawyer 1893 - 1971
„And here's to the songs we used to sing;
And here's to the times we used to know.
It's hard to hold them in our arms again,
But hard to let them go.“
— Neil Diamond American singer-songwriter 1941
If You Know What I Mean
„Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it's because it is hard. It's one of the hardest things that people do.“
— William Zinsser writer, editor, journalist, literary critic, professor 1922 - 2015
Chapter 2, Simplicity, p. 12.