„Remember what we once were and what we thought we'd be. And now this. And it's all we have, Allan, it's us. Every step we've taken -- every tick of the clock -- making everything worse. If this is all life is, what's the use? Better to die, like carol, before you find it out, before Time gets to work on you. I've felt it before, Allan, but never as I've done tonight. There's a great devil in the universe, and we call it Time.“

—  John Boynton Priestley, Time and the Conways

Time and the Conways, p. 59-60.

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John Boynton Priestley
englischer Schriftsteller 1894 - 1984

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„There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all, or what I like to call making muffins of us, muffins all like every other muffin in the muffin tin. This is the limited universe, the drying, dissipating universe, that we can help our children avoid by providing them with “explosive material capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly.”“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007

The Expanding Universe (1963)
Kontext: Because of the very nature of the world as it is today our children receive in school a heavy load of scientific and analytic subjects, so it is in their reading for fun, for pleasure, that they must be guided into creativity. There are forces working in the world as never before in the history of mankind for standardization, for the regimentation of us all, or what I like to call making muffins of us, muffins all like every other muffin in the muffin tin. This is the limited universe, the drying, dissipating universe, that we can help our children avoid by providing them with “explosive material capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly.”
So how do we do it? We can’t just sit down at our typewriters an turn out explosive material. I took a course in college on Chaucer, one of the most explosive, imaginative, and far-reaching in influence of all writers. And I’ll never forget going to the final exam and being asked why Chaucer used certain verbal devices, certain adjectives, why he had certain characters behave in certain ways. And I wrote in a white heat of fury, “I don’t think Chaucer had any idea why he did any of these thing. That isn’t the way people write.”
I believe this as strongly now as I did then. Most of what is best in writing isn’t done deliberately.

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„To ask what function the allies have is like asking what we men do in the world. We are here, that's all. And the allies are here like us; and maybe they were here before us.“

—  Carlos Castaneda, buch The Wheel of Time

Quelle: The Wheel of Time: Shamans of Ancient Mexico, Their Thoughts About Life, Death and the Universe], (1998), Quotations from A Separate Reality (Chapter 6)

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„We'd never get anything fixed to suit us if we waited for things to suit us before we started.“

—  Laura Ingalls Wilder, buch By the Shores of Silver Lake

Quelle: By the Shores of Silver Lake

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„All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.“

—  Anatole France, buch The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

Tous les changements, même les plus souhaités ont leur mélancolie, car ce que nous quittons, c'est une partie de nous-mêmes; il faut mourir à une vie pour entrer dans une autre.
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„But now we have time. Endless time stretches before us.“

—  Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

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„We are doing what the dinosaurs did before us, only faster. We bring strangers together to make strange bedfellows, and we remake the beds they lie in, all at once.“

—  Jonathan Weiner American nonfiction writer 1953

Quelle: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (1994), Chapter 17, The Stranger's Power

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„A guy called up, and in his lead, he said, "We've talked before. I used to be with US but now I'm for SELF." And I was like, "I guess we know everything now, don't we?" … I kind of laughed and I went, "I guess a lot of people are like that." And he paused and went, "Uhhh… what?"“

—  Penn Jillette American magician 1955

And I said, "Oh, nothing."
"An Interview with Penn Jillette : The non-silent half of Penn & Teller discusses his career" http://movies.ign.com/articles/454/454422p1.html IGN (13 October 2003)
2000s

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„With children the clock is reset. We forget what came before“

—  Jhumpa Lahiri, buch The Lowland

Quelle: The Lowland

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