„When we think about the present, we veer wildly between the belief in chance and the evidence in favour of determinism. When we think about the past, however, it seems obvious that everything happened in the way that it was intended.“
— Michel Houellebecq, buch Elementarteilchen
Quelle: The Elementary Particles
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
Quelle: Take The Risk (2008), p. 58
— Monica Ali British writer and novelist 1967
Quelle: Brick Lane
„I would say, we can't allow ourselves to be frightened into not living our lives, and I think that we have to keep going and we have to keep going with the faith that thing will get better … And things will get better when we make them better.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
Interview on Entertainment Tonight, as quoted in "Oprah Winfrey Offers Words of Wisdom in Wake of Deadly Las Vegas Shooting", KTVB (2 October 2017)
„Flesh has this awful habit of decaying. It seems that the more we live, the more we die. I disapprove of the situation, of course. But does anyone listen to me? Mayhap we should get the Queen to outlaw death. That would do it… She has outlawed everything else.“
— L. K. Samuels American writer 1951
Quelle: Ferret: The Reluctant King (2020), pp. 215-216
— Katharine Kerr American writer 1944
Kontext: Why do you think nothing concrete and lasting happened out of the 60s? Lots of people have been saying this lately, and I can't help feeling that the changes were so profound and total that no one remembers that there were changes! The 50s, my friends, happened in a different country than this one. We did not get everything we wanted, no. The world is not perfect now, and is that why some of us think we accomplished nothing? … Try to remember what life was like in the 50s. That's all I can say to that. It's the power structures that are trying to pretend that the change wasn't lasting, so they can convince people that protests and the like are futile now.
But they lie. I'm glad to see that many young people aren't buying it.
— Virginia Woolf, buch Jacob's Room
Quelle: Jacob's Room
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XIV - Higgledy-Piggledy
Kontext: Everything matters more than we think it does, and, at the same time, nothing matters so much as we think it does. The merest spark may set all Europe in a blaze, but though all Europe be set in a blaze twenty times over, the world will wag itself right again.
„I think in the future I'd like to be a little more prolific than I have been. The big dilemma, though, is when you say you want to do more stuff, what stuff do you do? Where are your standards? Fortunately for me, I think the parts get a little better as I get older.“
— Matt Dillon American actor 1964
Martha Southgate (April 25, 1991) "Matt Dillon grows up and doesn't balk at talk", The Toronto Star, p. C8.
„Everybody gets told to write about what they know. The trouble with many of us is that at the earlier stages of life we think we know everything- or to put it more usefully, we are often unaware of the scope and structure of our ignorance.“
— Thomas Pynchon American novelist 1937
Quelle: Slow Learner: Early Stories
— Romain Gary, buch Au-delà de cette limite votre ticket n'est plus valable
Quelle: Au-delà de cette limite votre ticket n'est plus valable
— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Variante: ... and maybe we have to break everything to make something better out of ourselves.
Quelle: Fight Club
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Quelle: You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
— Yasir Qadhi Pakistani-American preacher and imam 1975