„I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed, it might be done.“
This was written on a note that he had at his execution (2 December 1859), most sources say it was handed to the guard, but some dispute that and claim it was handed to a reporter accompaning him; as quoted in John Brown and his Men https://books.google.com/books?id=uiaYWp66b-cC&pg=PR1&dq=John+Brown+and+his+Men+%281894%29+by+Richard+Josiah+Hinton&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Uub_VN3CN5HbggTdxIK4Cw&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=John%20Brown%20and%20his%20Men%20(1894)%20by%20Richard%20Josiah%20Hinton&f=false (1894) by Richard Josiah Hinton, p. 398.
— David Levithan American author and editor 1972
Quelle: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
„I used to think that a man was sentenced to death or imprisonment because he was guilty; now I know that he is found guilty because he is disliked.“
— Lu Xun Chinese novelist and essayist 1881 - 1936
"The Epigrams of Lusin"
„I fell in love — that is the only expression I can think of — at once, and am still at the mercy of words, though sometimes now, knowing a little of their behavior very well, I think I can influence them slightly and have even learned to beat them now and then, which they appear to enjoy.“
— Dylan Thomas Welsh poet and writer 1914 - 1953
Poetic Manifesto, published in the Texas Quarterly (Winter 1961)
„I am constantly observing things and believe that I am coming closer to beauty. In the last few days I have discovered form and have been thinking much about it. Until now I've had no real feeling for the antique. I could find it very beautiful by itself. But I could never find any thread leading from it to modern art. Now I've found it, and that's what I believe is called progress.“
— Paula Modersohn-Becker German artist 1876 - 1907
excerpt of her Journal, 1899; as quoted in Voicing our visions, – Writings by women artists; ed. Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York, 1991, p. 198
„When he died I had a moment of grief that lasted about five minutes. It was very intense, then never again. Not because I forced myself, but I think it was because he caused us too much pain.“
— Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961
On her father, Klaus Kinski, as quoted in Cameron Docherty, Interview: Nastassja Kinski - Still a daddy's girl http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/interview-nastassja-kinski--still-a-daddys-girl-1241160.html, The Independent, September 26, 1997
— A.A. Milne, buch Now We Are Six
Quelle: Now We Are Six (1927)
Kontext: When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.
„.. About my work Howard – I always have two opinions – one is my way of seeing it for myself – and for myself I am never satisfied – never really – I almost always fail – always I think – now next time I can do it – Maybe that is part of what keeps one working – I can also look at myself – by that I mean my work from the point of view of the looking public – and that is the way I look at it when I think of showing. I have always first had a show for myself – and made up my mind – then after that it doesn't matter to me very much what anyone else say – good or bad.“
— Georgia O'Keeffe American artist 1887 - 1986
In a letter to William Howard Schubart, (nephew of her died husband), Abiquiu, New Mexico, August 4, 1950; as quoted in Voicing our visions, -Writings by women artists; ed. Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York, 1991, p. 228
1950 - 1970
„I would have liked to have had kids, and had a family, but I think in my profession it's quite difficult to achieve because you're always working. I think I'm the kind of person as well, had I had kids, I wouldn't have gone on working. I would have jacked it all in. But it's a wonderful life I have, so I'm very fulfilled in other ways. Am I ever bothered by it? Well it's too late now“
— Elaine Paige English singer and actress 1948
Rock and pop (2006)
„I think the new science fiction, which other people apart from myself are now beginning to write, is introverted, possibly pessimistic rather than optimistic, much less certain of its own territory.“
— J. G. Ballard British writer 1930 - 2009
Conversation with George MacBeth on Third Programme (BBC) (1 February 1967), published in The New S.F. (1969), edited by Langdon Jones
Kontext: I think the new science fiction, which other people apart from myself are now beginning to write, is introverted, possibly pessimistic rather than optimistic, much less certain of its own territory. There's a tremendous confidence that radiates through all modern American science fiction of the period 1930 to 1960; the certainty that science and technology can solve all problems. This is not the dominant form of science fiction now. I think science fiction is becoming something much more speculative, much less convinced about the magic of science and the moral authority of science. There's far more caution on the part of the new writers than there was.
„I wandered through the streets thinking of all the things I might have said and might have done had I been other than I was.“
— Erich Maria Remarque, buch Drei Kameraden
Quelle: Three Comrades
„From so much self-revising, I’ve destroyed myself. From so much self-thinking, I’m now my thoughts and not I“
— Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares
Quelle: The Book of Disquiet
„I am a pure-blooded Polish nobleman, without a single drop of bad blood, certainly not German blood. When I look for my diametric opposite, an immeasurably shabby instinct, I always think of my mother and sister, — it would blaspheme my divinity to think I am related to this sort of canaille.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Ecce homo
The way my mother and sister treat me to this very day is a source of unspeakable horror; a real time bomb is at work here, which can tell with unerring certainty the exact moment I can be hurt — in my highest moments, … because at that point I do not have the strength to resist poison worms …
"Why I Am So Wise", 3, as translated in The Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols, and Other Writings (2005) edited by Aaron Ridley and Judith Norman, p. 77
Ecce Homo (1888)
„When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying, but now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It’s like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about.“
— Ingmar Bergman Swedish filmmaker 1918 - 2007
As quoted in "Ingmar Bergman, Master Filmmaker, Dies at 89" by Mervyn Rothstein in The New York Times (31 July 2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/movies/31bergman.html?hp.
„I think something very weird's going on now, 'cause the power that is permitted to youth is quite extraordinary. And they are sort of run by that kind of power.“
— Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971
Referring to the 60's youth movements
Edie : Girl On Fire (2006)
„In the old days, the navigators used magic to make themselves strong, but now, nothing; they just pray. Before they leave and at sea, they pray. But I, I make myself strong by thinking—just by thinking! I make myself strong because I despise cowardice. Too many men are afraid of the sea. But I am a navigator.“
— Mau Piailug Micronesian navigator from the Carolinian island of Satawal and a teacher of traditional, non-instrument wayfinding met… 1932 - 2010
The Last Navigator (1987)
— Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Queen consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II 1900 - 2002
Answering two Boer War veterans of Scottish heritage in Quebec who had asked the Queen if she was Scots or English.
[Elizabeth II, Elizabeth II, 2002, Speech by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols Promotion > The Canadian Monarchy, Vancouver, Ottawa, Queen's Printer for Canada, http://www.pch.gc.ca/queen/, 7 November 2007, harv]
— Edith Sitwell British poet 1887 - 1964
As quoted in The Observer (30 April 1950)
„I can never drive my car over a bridge without thinking of suicide.
I can never look at a lake or an ocean without thinking of suicide.“
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Quelle: The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship