— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
— Edmund Burke, buch A Vindication of Natural Society
A Vindication of Natural Society (1756)
Kontext: Kings are ambitious; the nobility haughty; and the populace tumultuous and ungovernable. Each party, however in appearance peaceable, carries on a design upon the others; and it is owing to this, that in all questions, whether concerning foreign or domestic affairs, the whole generally turns more upon some party-matter than upon the nature of the thing itself; whether such a step will diminish or augment the power of the crown, or how far the privileges of the subject are likely to be extended or restricted by it. And these questions are constantly resolved, without any consideration of the merits of the cause, merely as the parties who uphold these jarring interests may chance to prevail; and as they prevail, the balance is overset, now upon one side, now upon the other. The government is, one day, arbitrary power in a single person; another, a juggling confederacy of a few to cheat the prince and enslave the people; and the third, a frantic and unmanageable democracy. The great instrument of all these changes, and what infuses a peculiar venom into all of them, is party. It is of no consequence what the principles of any party, or what their pretensions, are; the spirit which actuates all parties is the same; the spirit of ambition, of self-interest, of oppression, and treachery. This spirit entirely reverses all the principles which a benevolent nature has erected within us; all honesty, all equal justice, and even the ties of natural society, the natural affections. In a word, my Lord, we have all seen, and, if any outward considerations were worthy the lasting concern of a wise man, we have some of us felt, such oppression from party government as no other tyranny can parallel. We behold daily the most important rights, rights upon which all the others depend, we behold these rights determined in the last resort without the least attention even to the appearance or colour of justice; we behold this without emotion, because we have grown up in the constant view of such practices; and we are not surprised to hear a man requested to be a knave and a traitor, with as much indifference as if the most ordinary favour were asked; and we hear this request refused, not because it is a most unjust and unreasonable desire, but that this worthy has already engaged his injustice to another. These and many more points I am far from spreading to their full extent. <!-- You are sensible that I do not put forth half my strength; and you cannot be at a loss for the reason. A man is allowed sufficient freedom of thought, provided he knows how to choose his subject properly. Tou may criticise freely upon the Chinese constitution, and observe with as much severity as you please upon the absurd tricks or destructive bigotry of the bonzees. But the scene is changed as you come homeward, and atheism or treason may be the names given in Britain, to what would be reason and truth if asserted of China.
— George S. Clason British businessman and writer 1874 - 1957
— Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere
Canzone 53, st. 6
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life
Original: (co) Ahi nova gente oltra misura altera,
irreverente a tanta et a tal madre!
— Harun Yahya Turkish author 1956
23 April 2013.
A9 TV addresses, 2013
— Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870
Letter to his wife on Christmas Day, two weeks after the Battle of Fredericksburg (25 December 1862).
Kontext: What a cruel thing is war; to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world! I pray that, on this day when only peace and good-will are preached to mankind, better thoughts may fill the hearts of our enemies and turn them to peace. … My heart bleeds at the death of every one of our gallant men.
— Peter Mutharika President of Malawi 1940
When asked about his sexuality[ http://newsofthesouth.com/peter-mutharika-speaks-on-his-sexual-orientation/ (25 April 2014)
— Mark Lemon British magazine editor 1809 - 1870
Last Song, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— Christopher Morley American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet 1890 - 1957
„It is the most indecent outfit I’ve ever seen, with no other purpose than to excite lewd, libidinous, lascivious, licentious, lecherous, lustful longings in the loins of Lotharios.”
“Isn’t that the purpose of clothing?“
— Robert A. Heinlein, buch The Number of the Beast
“Well...aside from protection—yes.”
Quelle: The Number of the Beast (1980), Chapter XLVI : “I’m gifted with second sight.”, p. 456
„They were regular in being gay, they learned little things that are things in being gay, they learned many little things that are things in being gay, they were gay every day, they were regular, they were gay, they were gay the same length of time every day, they were gay, they were quite regularly gay.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
"Miss Furr and Miss Skeene"
This story about two lesbians, written in 1911, and published in Vanity Fair magazine in July 1923, is considered to be the origin of the use of the term "gay" for "homosexual", though it was not used in this sense in the story.
Geography and Plays (1922)
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Ode, Concord, July 4, 1857
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
— Anthony Burgess English writer 1917 - 1993
Fiction, The Enemy in the Blanket (1958)
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician 1803 - 1873
The New Timon (1846), Part i. In April, 1844, Benjamin Disraeli thus alluded to Lord Stanley: “The noble lord is the Rupert of debate.”
— Graham Moore (writer) screenwriter 1981
As quoted in "Imitation Game scribe Graham Moore: 'You don't have to be gay to have a gay hero'" in Entertainment Weekly (24 February 2015) http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/24/imitation-games-graham-moore-backstory-behind-his-heartbreaking-oscar-speech
Kontext: I’m not gay, but I don’t think you have to be gay to have a gay hero. Growing up, Alan Turing was certainly mine. … I’m also not the greatest mathematician of my generation. We have lots of biographical differences, but nonetheless I always identified with him so much.
„Thank God for gay men. Thank God for gay men, because if it were not for gay men, I would not talk to men at all.“
— Margaret Cho American stand-up comedian 1968
From Her Tours and CDs, I'm The One That I Want Tour
— Larry Craig American politician 1945
Prepared statement August 28, 2007, on the subject of his alleged homosexuality and guilty plea of lewd sexual behavior on June 11 in a men's room in Minneapolis airport known as a gay hookup spot; MSNBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA1KHd5YTIs
„Beautiful as sweet!
And young as beautiful! and soft as young!
And gay as soft! and innocent as gay.“
— Edward Young, Night-Thoughts
Quelle: Night-Thoughts (1742–1745), Night III, Line 81.
— Courtney Love American punk singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and artist 1964
Lollapalooza, Denver, Colorado; July 8, 1995