„I am telling you what I know—words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them.“
— E.L. Doctorow novelist, editor, professor 1931 - 2015
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Quelle: Madness in the Family: Stories
„The meaning of a question is the method of answering it: then what is the meaning of 'Do two men really mean the same by the word "white"?' Tell me how you are searching, and I will tell you what you are searching for.“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Philosophical Remarks (1991), Part III (27), pp.66-67
Attributed from posthumous publications
„What I want to know is what a fellow does when he plays golf. Tell me in as few words as you can just what it's all about. -- You hit a ball with a stick until it falls into a hole.“
— P.G. Wodehouse English author 1881 - 1975
"The Heel of Achilles"
The Clicking Of Cuthbert (1922)
— Ali, buch Nahj al-Balagha
Kontext: A man sarcastically started praising Imam Ali, though he had no faith in him and Imam Ali hearing these praises from him said "I am less than what you tell about me but more than what you think about me."
„You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger.“
— Joan of Arc French folk heroine and Roman Catholic saint 1412 - 1431
Jeanne's warning to Bishop Cauchon (15 March 1431)
Trial records (1431)
Kontext: You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger. I warn you, so that if God punishes you for it, I would have done my duty by telling you!
„It was the pictures I remembered and the words that went with them; for nothing I have ever seen with my eyes was so clear and bright as what my vision showed me; and no words that I have ever heard with my ears were like the words I heard. I did not have to remember these things; they have remembered themselves all these years. It was as I grew older that the meanings came clearer and clearer out of the pictures and the words; and even now I know that more was shown to me than I can tell.“
— Black Elk Oglala Lakota leader 1863 - 1950
Kontext: They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man, had brought me back to life. I knew it was the Grandfathers in the Flaming Rainbow Tepee who had cured me; but I felt afraid to say so. My father gave Whirlwind Chaser the best horse he had for making me well, and many people came to look at me, and there was much talk about the great power of Whirlwind Chaser who had made me well all at once when I was almost the same as dead.
Everybody was glad that I was living; but as I lay there thinking about the wonderful place where I had been and all that I had seen, I was very sad; for it seemed to me that everybody ought to know about it, but I was afraid to tell, because I knew that nobody would believe me, little as I was, for I was only nine years old. Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.
I am sure now that I was then too young to understand it all, and that I only felt it. It was the pictures I remembered and the words that went with them; for nothing I have ever seen with my eyes was so clear and bright as what my vision showed me; and no words that I have ever heard with my ears were like the words I heard. I did not have to remember these things; they have remembered themselves all these years. It was as I grew older that the meanings came clearer and clearer out of the pictures and the words; and even now I know that more was shown to me than I can tell.
„They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under.“
— Khaled Hosseini, buch And the Mountains Echoed
Quelle: And the Mountains Echoed
— Henri-Frédéric Amiel Swiss philosopher and poet 1821 - 1881
Journal Intime (1882), Quotes used in the Introduction by Ward
Kontext: I can find no words for what I feel. My consciousness is withdrawn into itself; I hear my heart beating, and my life passing. It seems to me that I have become a statue on the banks of the river of time, that I am the spectator of some mystery, and shall issue from it old, or no longer capable of age.
„Some people say, "How can you live without knowing?" I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.“
— Richard Feynman, buch The Meaning of It All
lecture I: "The Uncertainty of Science"
The Meaning of It All (1999)
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
King of Trees
Song lyrics, Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
— P.G. Wodehouse, buch My Man Jeeves
Quelle: My Man Jeeves
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
„This I must tell you, if we are compelled to go into it—your position against us, the resolute banding of the great, and the rich, and the noble, and I know not who against the true genuine sense of the people compels us to unveil the truth; and I tell you this—that, so far as I can judge, and so far as my knowledge goes, I grieve to say in the presence of distinguished Irishmen that I know of no blacker or fouler transaction in the history of man than the making of the Union.“
— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
Speech in Liverpool (28 June 1886), quoted in The Times (29 June 1886), p. 11.
— Edie Brickell singer from the United States 1966
"What I Am"
Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988)
„When I speak of All That Is, you must understand my position within it. All That Is knows no other. This does not mean that there may not be more to know. It does not mean, and here words quite fail us, it does not mean that All That Is, in any terms we can conceive of, may not be limited. It knows of no other.“
— Jane Roberts American Writer 1929 - 1984
Session 426, Page 25
The Early Sessions: Sessions 1-42, 1997, The Early Sessions: Book 9
— Joe Bob Briggs American film critic, writer, and actor; alter ego of John Bloom 1953
Since Joe-Bob was unallowed to swear or make sexual remarks (beyond a point) in the newspaper, anything regarding sex he was unallowed to say was said with a euphemism, such as "Making the sign of the four-legged spouting walrus," followed by this.
Example: Swamp Thing Review http://www.joebobbriggs.com/mvtranscripts/swampthing.html