„Many of them are so dumb they could throw themselves at the ground and miss.“
„I try to maintain a balance between having a vision of the world that many readers do not experience for themselves, trying to give them enough grounding in the world we are all familiar with, so they don't feel that they are completely lost in Faerie.“
— Elizabeth Hand American writer 1957
Strange Horizons interview (2004)
„Sometimes men throw themselves on grenades
and burst like paper bags of guts
to save their comrades.
I can admire that.
But rats and cholera have won many wars.
Those, and potatoes,
or the absence of them.“
— Margaret Atwood, book Morning in the Burned House
Morning in the Burned House (1995), The Loneliness of the Military Historian, Context: Despite the propaganda, there are no monsters, or none that can be finally buried. Finish one off, and circumstances and the radio create another. Believe me: whole armies have prayed fervently to God all night and meant it, and been slaughtered anyway. Brutality wins frequently, and large outcomes have turned on the invention of a mechanical device, viz. radar. True, valour sometimes counts for something, as at Thermopylae. Sometimes being right — though ultimate virtue, by agreed tradition, is decided by the winner. Sometimes men throw themselves on grenades and burst like paper bags of guts to save their comrades. I can admire that. But rats and cholera have won many wars. Those, and potatoes, or the absence of them.
„So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination... And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
„At one time, sarangi exponents used to be called gurus and ustads because they were so learned that they could teach vocalists a thing or two. It wasn't surprising that many of them turned into vocalists and made a name for themselves independently.“
— Ram Narayan classical sarangi player from India 1927
[Patil, Vrinda, Dying strains of sarangi, The Tribune, 9 December 2000, http://www.webcitation.org/5pb57z9G6]
„Progressives conceive of themselves as a caste apart, a special and specialized group of enlightened men and women whose job it is to organize other people’s lives for them, a necessity because those people are too dumb to do it for themselves.“
— Kevin D. Williamson American writer 1972
The Caste System (2018)
„Most men would feel insulted, if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.“
— Henry David Thoreau, book Life Without Principle
Life Without Principle (1863)
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Hounds of Love (1985), Context: They look down At the ground, Missing. But I never go in now. I'm looking at the Big Sky.
„If our opinions rest upon solid ground, those who attack them do not make us angry, but themselves ridiculous.“
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), p. 215
„Many have stood their ground and faced the darkness when it comes for them. Fewer come for the darkness and force it to face them.“
— Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (2010 - 2015), Context: "Many boys and girls are heroes in their dreams," Dumbledore said quietly. He did not look at any of the other girls, only at her. "Fewer in the waking world. Many have stood their ground and faced the darkness when it comes for them. Fewer come for the darkness and force it to face them. It is a hard life, sometimes lonely, often short. I have told none to refuse that calling, but neither would I wish to increase their number." Ch. 70 http://hpmor.com/chapter/70
„There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900