„There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
Misattributed, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Kessinger Publishing (2005).
„And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: "I served in the United States Navy."“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1963, Remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy (1 August 1963), Public Papers of the Presidents 321, p. 620
„He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.“
— Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
We Had Him (2009), Context: Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone. Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him. He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance. Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that. He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
„Manfred was not one of those savage tyrants who wanton in cruelty unprovoked. The circumstances of his fortune had given an asperity to his temper, which was naturally humane; and his virtues were always ready to operate, when his passions did not obscure his reason.“
— Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto (1764), Section 1
„Death, the Destroyer of Delights and the Sunderer of Society, had arrived at last.
Blackness. Nothingness. He did not even know that his heart had given out forever. Nothingness.
Then his eyes opened. His heart was beating strongly. He was strong, very strong! All the pain of the gout in his feet, the agony in his liver, the torture in his heart, all were gone.
It was so quiet he could hear the blood moving in his head. He was alone in a world of soundlessness.
A bright light of equal intensity was everywhere. He could see, yet he did not understand what he was seeing. What were these things above, beside, below him? Where was he?“
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
The Riverworld series, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), Chapter 1 (p. 1)
„The fathers did not themselves believe that they, or their companions, were always right. Augustine found himself mistaken in some cases and did not hesitate to retract his errors.“
— Peter Abelard, Sic et Non
Sic et Non (1120), Context: Doubtless the fathers might err; even Peter, the prince of the apostles, fell into error: what wonder that the saints do not always show themselves inspired? The fathers did not themselves believe that they, or their companions, were always right. Augustine found himself mistaken in some cases and did not hesitate to retract his errors. He warns his admirers not to look upon his letters as they would upon the Scriptures, but to accept only those things which, upon examination, they find to be true. All writings belonging to this class are to be read with full freedom to criticize, and with no obligation to accept unquestioningly; otherwise they way would be blocked to all discussion, and posterity be deprived of the excellent intellectual exercise of debating difficult questions of language and presentation. Prologue as translated in Readings in European History, Vol. I (1904) edited by James Harvey Robinson, p. 450
„We were very young. I don't think I ever slept that year, but I had a friend who slept even less than I did. Some mornings you could see him strolling up and down in front of the station when the first trains were arriving and leaving.“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
The devil in the hills (1949), Incipit
„It is not the actual discomforts themselves that are hard to bear. Who would mind roughing it a bit if that were all it meant? What cared Robinson Crusoe for a patch on his trousers? Did he wear trousers? I forget; or did he go about as he does in the pantomimes? What did it matter to him if his toes did stick out of his boots? and what if his umbrella was a cotton one, so long as it kept the rain off? His shabbiness did not trouble him; there was none of his friends round about to sneer him. Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.“
— Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886)
„Of course the intellectual class did not notice this for many decades, as an intellectual is a highly educated man who can't do arithmetic with his shoes on, and is proud of the lack.“
— Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985), p. 564