„[Moishe] explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer….
And why do you pray, Moishe?' I asked him.
I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions.“
— Anne Bishop American fiction writer 1955
Quelle: Daughter of the Blood
— Elie Wiesel, buch Night
Variante: He explained to me with great insistence that every question posessed a power that did not lie in the answer.
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965
Quelle: Kiss of the Night
„I'm just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job. After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy.“
— Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
Talking to his son James http://politicalwire.com/archives/2008/11/04/fear_and_strength.html on the night of his landslide victory over Herbert Hoover (8 November 1932), as quoted in Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (2008) by H. W. Brands
— Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015
What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0743244532, p. 101.
„The reason I am answering is not for the benefit of the superior court. It is to keep these gentlemen from saying I was afraid to meet them and let them question me, and I want the Christian world to know that any atheist, agnostic, unbeliever, can question me anytime as to my belief in God, and I will answer him. … Your honor, they have not asked a question legally and the only reason they have asked any question is for the purpose, as the question about Jonah was asked, for a chance to give this agnostic an opportunity to criticize a believer in the world of God; and I answered the question in order to shut his mouth so that he cannot go out and tell his atheistic friends that I would not answer his questions. That is the only reason, no more reason in the world.“
— William Jennings Bryan United States Secretary of State 1860 - 1925
Scopes Trial (1925), Day 7
— Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965
From interview with Anshul Chaturvedi
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
Quelle: Think Big (1996), p. 46
„And now brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that to die with him the only life?“
— Frederick Buechner Poet, novelist, short story writer, theologian 1926
Quelle: The Magnificent Defeat (1966)
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
As quoted in The Writer's Quotation Book : A Literary Companion (1980) by James Charlton, p. 44
„What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.“
Quid est ergo tempus? Si nemo ex me quaerat, scio; si quaerenti explicare velim, nescio.
— Aurelius Augustinus, buch Confessions
Confessions (c. 397)
— Tracie Peterson American writer 1959
Quelle: Morning's Refrain
„He crossed his hands on his breast, as he used to do when a child, raised his eyes and said:
"Lord, help me, teach me; come and enter within me and purify me of all this abomination."
He prayed, asked God to help him and purify him, while that which he was praying for had already happened. Not only did he feel the freedom, vigor and gladness of life, but he also felt the power of good. He felt himself capable of doing the best that man can do.“
— Leo Tolstoy, buch Auferstehung
Quelle: Resurrection (1899), Ch. 28
— John Flanagan Irish-American hammer thrower 1873 - 1938
Quelle: The Ruins of Gorlan
— Emo Philips American comedian 1956
The Guardian - The best God joke ever - and it's mine! (September 1980)
— Tamora Pierce American writer of fantasy novels for children 1954
„The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968)
Kontext: I remember when Mrs. King and I were first in Jerusalem. We rented a car and drove from Jerusalem down to Jericho. And as soon as we got on that road, I said to my wife, "I can see why Jesus used this as a setting for his parable." It's a winding, meandering road. It's really conducive for ambushing. You start out in Jerusalem, which is about 1200 miles, or rather 1200 feet above sea level. And by the time you get down to Jericho, fifteen or twenty minutes later, you're about 2200 feet below sea level. That's a dangerous road. In the day of Jesus it came to be known as the "Bloody Pass." And you know, it's possible that the priest and the Levite looked over that man on the ground and wondered if the robbers were still around. Or it's possible that they felt that the man on the ground was merely faking. And he was acting like he had been robbed and hurt, in order to seize them over there, lure them there for quick and easy seizure. And so the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?".
— Laurell K. Hamilton, buch Burnt Offerings
Quelle: Burnt Offerings
„“He posed me a question which I must answer correctly—else he will not co-operate.”
“Huh? What was the question?
“I’ll ask you. Martha, what is the meaning of life?”
“What! Why, what a stupid question!”
“He did not ask it stupidly.”
“It’s a psychopathic question, unlimited, unanswerable, and, in all probability, sense free.”“
— Robert A. Heinlein, buch Beyond This Horizon
Quelle: Beyond This Horizon (1948; originally serialized in 1942), Chapter 2, “Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief—”, p. 35; see also pages 31, 33