— John Fowles British writer 1926 - 2005
„Recollections fell from me in flakes, in scales. All that remained of me was all that remains of anyone: a kind of iridescence. There was a fear that I would never again feel substantial, a fear that I would be a kind of psychic amputee.“
— Antonella Gambotto-Burke, buch The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide
Quelle: The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide (2004), P. 120.
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Presidency (1977–1981), Farewell Address (1981)
Kontext: The battle for human rights — at home and abroad — is far from over. We should never be surprised nor discouraged because the impact of our efforts has had, and will always have, varied results. Rather, we should take pride that the ideals which gave birth to our nation still inspire the hopes of oppressed people around the world. We have no cause for self-righteousness or complacency. But we have every reason to persevere, both within our own country and beyond our borders.
If we are to serve as a beacon for human rights, we must continue to perfect here at home the rights and values which we espouse around the world: A decent education for our children, adequate medical care for all Americans, an end to discrimination against minorities and women, a job for all those able to work, and freedom from injustice and religious intolerance.
„India is for me a difficult country. It isn’t my home and cannot be my home; and yet I cannot reject it or be indifferent to it; I cannot travel only for the sights. I am at once too close and too far.“
— V.S. Naipaul, buch India: A Wounded Civilization
India: A Wounded Civilization (1977)
„It's a mystery of human chemistry and I don't understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.“
— Nick Hornby, buch High Fidelity
Quelle: High Fidelity
— Thomas Mann German novelist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate 1875 - 1955
— Girard Desargues French mathematician and engineer 1591 - 1661
Brouillion project (1639) as quoted by Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter, Projective Geometry (1987)
— H. G. Wells, buch The War of the Worlds
Book II, Ch. 8 (Ch. 25 in editions without Book divisions): Dead London
The War of the Worlds (1898)
„The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.“
— Edward Thomas Poet and journalist 1878 - 1917
"In Memoriam (Easter 1915)", line 1, cited from Collected Poems (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978) p. 173.
„A girl phoned me the other day and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home.“
— Rodney Dangerfield American actor and comedian 1921 - 2004
Variante: One woman I was dating called and said, 'Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home.
„So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars!“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
America for Me http://www.potw.org/archive/potw308.html, st. 2 (1909)
„The Great Beast is the only object of idolatry, the only ersatz of God, the only imitation of something which is infinitely far from me and which is I myself.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Quelle: The Great Beast (1947), p. 121; footnote in Gravity and Grace edited by Gustave Thibon: To adore the "Great Beast" is to think and act in conformity with the prejudices and reactions of the multitude to the detriment of all personal search for truth and goodness.
— Lemmy Kilmister British singer-songwriter 1945 - 2015
„You're the only ones zany enough to agonize over time and distance without limit, over mysteries that will never die, over the fact that we are right now determining whether the space voyage for the next billion years or so is going to be Heaven or Hell.“
— Kurt Vonnegut, buch God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
"Eliot Rosewater" to a group of science fiction writers
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)
Kontext: I love you sons of bitches. You’re all I read any more. You're the only ones who’ll talk all about the really terrific changes going on, the only ones crazy enough to know that life is a space voyage, and not a short one, either, but one that’ll last for billions of years. You’re the only ones with guts enough to really care about the future, who really notice what machines do to us, what wars do to us, what cities do to us, what big, simple ideas do to us, what tremendous misunderstanding, mistakes, accidents, catastrophes do to us. You're the only ones zany enough to agonize over time and distance without limit, over mysteries that will never die, over the fact that we are right now determining whether the space voyage for the next billion years or so is going to be Heaven or Hell.
„On March 20, 1956, 10 P.M. a thought of a very remote possibility entered my mind, which I fear will never leave me again.“
— Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
Contact with Space (1957)
Kontext: On March 20, 1956, 10 P. M. a thought of a very remote possibility entered my mind, which I fear will never leave me again. Am I a spaceman? Do I belong to a new race on earth, bred by men from outer space in embraces with earth women? Are my children offspring of the first interplanetary race? Has the melting-pot of interplanetary society already been created on our own planet, as the melting-pot of all earth nations was established in the U. S. A. 190 years ago? … What inspired this thought? It was seeing the science-fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still, about a spaceman who comes to Earth in a flying saucer to save us from self-destruction in a nuclear war. … All through the film I had a distinct impression that it was a bit of "my story" which was depicted there, even the actor's expressions and looks reminded me and others of myself as I had appeared 15 to 20 years ago.
„Spinoza is the Christ of philosophers, and the greatest philosophers are hardly more than apostles who distance themselves from or draw near to this mystery.“
— Baruch Spinoza Dutch philosopher 1632 - 1677
Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari, What is Philosophy? (cited in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://www.iep.utm.edu/d/deleuze.htm#SH3b)
A - F, Gilles Deleuze
„Our imaginations can throw off the shackles of consumerism if we start to feel the infinite once again.“
The Divine Commodity: Discovering A Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (2009, Zondervan)
„Oh, I was only twenty four hours from Tulsa,
Ah, only one day away from your arms;
I hate to do this to you but I love somebody new, what can I do?
And I can never, never, never … go home again.“
— Hal David American lyricist 1921 - 2012
Song Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
„The distance often makes it clear how true a love is. Those who love deeply never fear a storm, they only fear that love will go out.“
— Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983
Original: La distanza spesso fa capire quanto sia vero un amore. Chi ama profondamente non teme mai una tempesta, teme solo che l'amore si spenga.