„I am a very simple person. In spite of all that has happened to me, I have tried to remain the simple person I started out.“

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Luciano Pavarotti1
italienischer Tenor 1935 - 2007

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„"No boy is worth your teenage years!." "For me to be in love with someone means that I have to accept who I am, and not allow another person to define me. And if someone loves me in spite of all that, then that's a start."“

—  Hayley Williams American singer-songwriter and musician 1988

Interview about her highschool years with the 'Sugar' magazine http://www.omgmusic.com/news/hayley-williams-girls-at-school-called-me-gay

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„Discreet silence about the issue I am raising seemed preferable to creating a misunderstanding.
Then… I suddenly realized that there is indeed a very simple word that says what I cherished and tried to nourish, and that word is peace.“

—  Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002

The Cultivation of Conspiracy (1998)
Kontext: The impending loss of spirit, of soul, of what I call atmosphere, could go unnoticed.
Only persons who face one another in trust can allow its emergence. The bouquet of friendship varies with each breath, but when it is there it needs no name. For a long time I believed that there was no one noun for it, and no verb for its creation. Each time I tried one, I was discouraged; all the synonyms for it were shanghaied by its synthetic counterfeits: mass-produced fashions and cleverly marketed moods, chic feelings, swank highs and trendy tastes. Starting in the seventies, group dynamics retreats and psychic training, all to generate "atmosphere," became major businesses. Discreet silence about the issue I am raising seemed preferable to creating a misunderstanding.
Then… I suddenly realized that there is indeed a very simple word that says what I cherished and tried to nourish, and that word is peace. Peace, however, not in any of the many ways its cognates are used all over the world, but peace in its post-classical, European meaning. Peace, in this sense, is the one strong word with which the atmosphere of friendship created among equals has been appropriately named. But to embrace this, one has to come to understand the origin of this peace in the conspirator, a curious ritual behavior almost forgotten today.

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„I started reading about people of great accomplishment … and it dawned on me suddenly that the person who has the most to do with what happens in your life is you.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

As quoted in "World-Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson Attributes His Success to Confidence Gained Through Reading and Education" http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-renowned-pediatric-neurosurgeon-dr-benjamin-carson-attributes-his-success-to-confidence-gained-through-reading-and-education-132129383.html, PR Newswire (October 19, 2011)

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„I am not at all the sort of person you and I took me for.“

—  Jane Welsh Carlyle Scottish writer 1801 - 1866

Letter to Thomas Carlyle http://books.google.com/books?id=Fj10a_dl7IwC&q=%22I+am+not+at+all+the+sort+of+person+you+and+I+took+me+for%22&pg=PA32#v=onepage (7 May 1822).

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„Very simple. I'm putting up the money, and I also have ears.“

—  Simon Cowell English reality television judge, television producer and music executive 1959

On Americans who question his right to judge Americans since he is British
Quoted in Bill Keveney, "Viewers 'Idol'-ize this saucy search for a superstar," USA Today (18 June 2002)
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„I open and lay out a new and certain path for the mind to proceed in, starting directly from the simple sensuous perception.“

—  Francis Bacon, buch Novum Organum

Novum Organum (1620)
Kontext: Those who have taken upon them to lay down the law of nature as a thing already searched out and understood, whether they have spoken in simple assurance or professional affectation, have therein done philosophy and the sciences great injury. For as they have been successful in inducing belief, so they have been effective in quenching and stopping inquiry; and have done more harm by spoiling and putting an end to other men's efforts than good by their own. Those on the other hand who have taken a contrary course, and asserted that absolutely nothing can be known — whether it were from hatred of the ancient sophists, or from uncertainty and fluctuation of mind, or even from a kind of fullness of learning, that they fell upon this opinion — have certainly advanced reasons for it that are not to be despised; but yet they have neither started from true principles nor rested in the just conclusion, zeal and affectation having carried them much too far....
Now my method, though hard to practice, is easy to explain; and it is this. I propose to establish progressive stages of certainty. The evidence of the sense, helped and guarded by a certain process of correction, I retain. But the mental operation which follows the act of sense I for the most part reject; and instead of it I open and lay out a new and certain path for the mind to proceed in, starting directly from the simple sensuous perception.

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„I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became.“

—  Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924

(July 1910)
Kontext: I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.

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„I got the idea to paint people, in the way I see them. From one face I take to my own idea some very characteristic features of it and then I make of the whole a picture in colors and lines, in the way how I meet that person. The whole thing becomes not at all a portrait in the usual sense... I have tried to make types, but will built in more and more personal qualities and all that kind of things... Everything will be figured out fully abstract of course, it is just a personal feeling and no system at all.“

—  Jacoba van Heemskerck Dutch painter 1876 - 1923

translation from German, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018
(original version, written by Jacoba in German:) Meine Idee ist es die Menschen zu malen, wie ich sie sehe. Ich nehme aus einem Gesicht einige meiner Ansicht nach am meisten sprechende Züge und ich mache dann vom ganzen ein Bild in den Farben und Linien, wie die Person mir entgegentritt. Das Ganze ist gar kein Porträt im gewöhnlichen Sinne.. .Ich habe mich bemüht, jetz noch Typen zu machen und werde mehr und mehr persönliche Eigenschaften und alle mögliche hereinbringen.. .Alles muss man sich natürlich ganz abstrakt denken, es ist ein persönliches Gefühl und gar kein System.
in a letter to Herwarth Walden, 6 Feb. 1918; as cited by Arend H. Huussen Jr. in Jacoba van Heemskerck, kunstenares van het Expressionisme, Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague, 1982, p. 20
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„I have a very simple question to people … who seem to suffer from excessive narcissism: please name three other persons who are smarter and more capable than you, in the field you work in.“

—  Ingo Molnar Linux kernel programmer

In most cases they are utterly unable to answer that question honestly.
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„.. buried soberly, as simple as a child of the people, as I am.“

—  Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890

version in original Dutch (citaat van Johannes Warnardus Bilders, in Nederlands): ..eenvoudig begraven, zoo eenvoudig als een kind uit het volk, zooals ik ben.
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„I am a simple Buddhist monk — no more, no less.“

—  Tenzin Gyatso spiritual leader of Tibet 1935

As quoted in Nobel Prize Winners (1991) by Lisa F. Dewitt.

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„I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.“

—  Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930

As quoted in Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist (1995), by Roger Lowenstein, p. 77

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