„I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.“

—  Sylvia Plath, buch Die Glasglocke

Quelle: The Bell Jar (1963), Ch. 7

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amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Dichterin 1932 - 1963

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„Let the world slide, let the world go;
A fig for care, and a fig for woe!
If I can't pay, why I can owe,
And death makes equal the high and low.“

—  John Heywood English writer known for plays, poems and a collection of proverbs 1497 - 1580

Be Merry Friends; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.“

—  Menander Athenian playwright of New Comedy -342 - -291 v.Chr

Unidentified fragment 545 K (K = T. Kock, Comicorum Atticorum Fragmenta, 3 vols. (Leipzig 1880/8)), as translated in ‪Menander: The Principal Fragments‬‎ (1921) by Francis Greenleaf Allinson.
Original: (el) τὰ σῦκα σῦκα, τὴν σκάφην σκάφην...

Sylvia Plath Foto
Éric Zemmour Foto

„I still can't go of course. But if I didn't go, I would disappoint a lot of people. One would consider it desertion. As betrayal. And that also counts in my decision-making. I will choose the moment myself. And it will be there soon.“

—  Éric Zemmour French essayist 1958

Quelle: Eric Zemmour: "If I don't run, it will be seen as desertion, as treason" https://palnws.be/2021/09/eric-zemmour-als-ik-me-geen-kandidaat-zou-stellen-zal-het-worden-gezien-als-desertie-als-verraad/ Éric Zemmour on his potential Presidential candidacy.

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„Under my cloak, a fig for the King!“

—  Graham Greene, buch Monsignor Quixote

Monsignor Quixote (1982)

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Daniel Webster Foto

„If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest“

—  Daniel Webster Leading American senator and statesman. January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852. Served as the Secretary of State for three… 1782 - 1852

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„I never yet touched a fig leaf that didn't turn into a price tag.“

—  Saul Bellow, buch Humboldt's Gift

Humboldt's Gift (1975), p. 159
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

(This contains an allusion to the book of Isaiah Chapter 11, verse 6
1960s, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964)
Kontext: I believe that even amid today's mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!'

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„If ambush I must, then ambush I will,” Aillas muttered to himself. “A fig for chivalry, at least until the war is won.“

—  Jack Vance, Lyonesse Trilogy

Quelle: Lyonesse Trilogy (1983-1989), The Green Pearl (1985), Chapter 10, section 3 (p. 518)

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„Diogenes compared them to fig-trees growing over precipices; for their fruit was devoured by daws and crows, not by men.“

—  Galén Roman physician, surgeon and philosopher 129 - 216

Galen, on Diogenes's views on the ignorant rich, in Exhortation to Study the Arts, Wakefield (1796), p. 217; cf. Stobaeus, iv. 31b. 48.
Latter day attributions

Mark Satin Foto

„I turn out the kitchen light and sit down at the kitchen table, my head buried in my arms. I try to tell myself that I feel sick from having had to write all those lies on my application. I'd commit suicide if I really saw myself as Keith's "assistant"! But I know that isn't the half of it…. If I do "choose to finish my B. A." I'll end up like Keith. But if I don't "choose" school I'll end up in Canada! And if I don't "choose" either – wouldn't I end up in Vietnam?“

—  Mark Satin American political theorist, author, and newsletter publisher 1946

Pages 196–97. Fall of 1966. Satin has dropped out of SUNY and is sitting in his girlfriend's apartment in Manhattan. The application is for Canadian immigrant status. Keith, a supportive college professor, is seen by Satin as a plastic sellout.
Confessions of a Young Exile (1976)

„Lindsey: Why would you choose me?
Rafe: Because you're the one I want.“

—  Rachel Hawthorne American author 1950

Quelle: Full Moon

Rachel Whiteread Foto

„I don't want to make plop art — sculpture that just gets plopped down in places. I wouldn't want to litter every corner of the world with my sculpture.“

—  Rachel Whiteread British sculptor 1963

As quoted in "Boxing clever" by Lynn Barber inThe Guardian (16 October 2005) http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1593050,00.html

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„In the name of the Prophet—figs.“

—  Horace Smith English poet and novelist 1779 - 1849

Johnson's Ghost, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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