„We think about mortality so little, these days, except to flail hysterically at it with trendy forms of exercise and high-fiber cereals and nicotine patches.“

—  Tana French, In the Woods

Quelle: In the Woods

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
Tana French Foto
Tana French7
Krimi-Schriftstellerin 1973

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Karen Marie Moning Foto
Karen Marie Moning Foto
Rod Serling Foto
Greta Garbo Foto

„Except physically, we know little more about Garbo than we know about Shakespeare.“

—  Greta Garbo Swedish-American actress 1905 - 1990

Kenneth Tynan, "Greta Garbo," Sight and Sound (April 1954), republished in Profiles (1990), p. 80

Adlai Stevenson Foto

„The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal — that you can gather votes like box tops — is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965

Speech at the Democratic National Convention (18 August 1956)

Euripidés Foto

„Cleverness is not wisdom. And not to think mortal thoughts is to see few days.“

—  Euripidés, The Bacchae

Bacchæ l. 395
Quelle: The Bacchae

Elizabeth Gilbert Foto
Eugene V. Debs Foto

„Civilization has done little for labor except to modify the forms of its exploitation.“

—  Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926

The Socialist Party and the Working Class (1904)

Samuel Adams Foto
Carlos Menem Foto

„English: "To those who are speaking about me getting off the elections, I say: Don't even think about it, you don't know the fiber one is made of"“

—  Carlos Menem Argentine politician who was President of Argentina from 1989 to 1999 1930

"A los que vienen hablando de que me voy a bajar de la candidatura, yo les digo: Ni lo piensen, no saben de la fibra de la que está hecho uno"
Said one day before getting off the presidential elections on May 13th, 2003

Dick Gregory Foto
George du Maurier Foto

„A little work, a little gay
To keep us going—and so good-day!

A little warmth, a little light
Of love’s bestowing—and so, good-night.

A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day’s growing—and so, good-morrow!

A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing—and so—good-bye!“

—  George du Maurier, buch Trilby

Trilby (1894). Compare:
:PEU DE CHOSE
La vie est vaine,
Un peu d’amour,
Un peu de haine,
Et puis—Bonjour!

La vie est brève:
Un peu d’espoir,
Un peu de rève
Et puis—Bon soir!
::Léon de Montenaeken; translated by Louise Chandler Moulton as:
:Ah, brief is Life,
Love’s short sweet way,
With dreamings rife,
And then—Good-day!

And Life is vain—
Hope’s vague delight,
Grief’s transient pain,
And then—Good-night.

Ennio Morricone Foto
Horace Foto

„Often a purple patch or two is tacked on to a serious work of high promise, to give an effect of colour.“
Inceptis gravibus plerumque et magna professis purpureus, late qui splendeat, unus et alter adsuitur pannus.

—  Horace, Ars Poetica

Inceptis gravibus plerumque et magna professis
purpureus, late qui splendeat, unus et alter
adsuitur pannus.
Quelle: Ars Poetica, or The Epistle to the Pisones (c. 18 BC), Line 14

William Kingdon Clifford Foto

„An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life. It is around and about us and within us; we cannot think except in the forms and processes of thought which it supplies.“

—  William Kingdon Clifford English mathematician and philosopher 1845 - 1879

The Ethics of Belief (1877), The Weight Of Authority
Kontext: What shall we say of that authority, more venerable and august than any individual witness, the time-honoured tradition of the human race? An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life. It is around and about us and within us; we cannot think except in the forms and processes of thought which it supplies. Is it possible to doubt and to test it? and if possible, is it right?
We shall find reason to answer that it is not only possible and right, but our bounden duty; that the main purpose of the tradition itself is to supply us with the means of asking questions, of testing and inquiring into things; that if we misuse it, and take it as a collection of cut-and-dried statements to be accepted without further inquiry, we are not only injuring ourselves here, but, by refusing to do our part towards the building up of the fabric which shall be inherited by our children, we are tending to cut off ourselves and our race from the human line.

Florence Nightingale Foto

„Religious men are and must be heretics now — for we must not pray, except in a "form" of words, made beforehand — or think of God but with a prearranged idea.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

Cassandra (1860)

Carl Sagan Foto

„There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we're down the next day.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Essay as "Mr. X" (1969)
Kontext: When I'm high I can penetrate into the past, recall childhood memories, friends, relatives, playthings, streets, smells, sounds, and tastes from a vanished era. I can reconstruct the actual occurrences in childhood events only half understood at the time. Many but not all my cannabis trips have somewhere in them a symbolism significant to me which I won't attempt to describe here, a kind of mandala embossed on the high. Free-associating to this mandala, both visually and as plays on words, has produced a very rich array of insights.
There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights; the main problem is putting these insights in a form acceptable to the quite different self that we are when we're down the next day.

Steven Pressfield Foto

„If you think this is funny, wait 'till you get into combat. You'll think that's hysterical!“

—  Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire

Polynikes p. 80
Gates of Fire (1998)

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