„I have seen several ups and downs in my life. I have seen several detractors in my life. Why should I bother about that? In my 40 years in politics I have passed through such events and I don't want to take these things seriously. I will take things philosophically.“
Quelle: R R Nair "The Rediff Election Interview/H D Deve Gowda"
„In the past several years, my hard work, my books which I wrote through blood and tears, and the purpose of my life all has been focused on: helping everyone to have a spring, so that everyone's heart will be bright, everyone will have a happy life, and everyone will have the freedom to develop in any way they want.“
— Ba Jin Chinese novelist 1904 - 2005
Preface to The Autumn in the Spring (May 1932) http://www.learn-chinese.org/modernprose1/bachun/chunt01.htm
Kontext: In the past several years, my hard work, my books which I wrote through blood and tears, and the purpose of my life all has been focused on: helping everyone to have a spring, so that everyone's heart will be bright, everyone will have a happy life, and everyone will have the freedom to develop in any way they want. I aroused people to have thirst for, thirst for brightness; I put a cause in front of people, a cause which is worthy of people's devotion. But all of my hard work was destroyed by another power. After arousing a young soul, it only made him or her suffer more unbearable trampling torment.
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
journal entry http://digitalcollections.pacific.edu/cdm/ref/collection/muirjournals/id/3766/show/3742 (24 October 1911) concerning Araucaria braziliensis in southern Brazil; published in John Muir's Last Journey, edited by Michael P. Branch (Island Press, 2001), page 88
— Sebastian Bach Canadian singer 1968
When looking at the back of Metallica's Kill 'Em All.
„I want not to panic. I want to be comfortable in my body and my life. I don't want to keep thinking that I don't belong here, that I have ended up on the wrong planet, completely alienated.“
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
„English: "To all of them I say that I take you in my heart, I won't put my arms down, and you can have complete assurance I won't abandon political fight, why has been and is the reason for my life."“
— Carlos Menem Argentine politician who was President of Argentina from 1989 to 1999 1930
"A todos ellos les digo que los llevo en mi corazón, que no bajaré los brazos y que pueden tener la absoluta seguridad que no abandonaré la lucha política, que ha sido y es la razón de mi vida."
From a message broadcast on May 14th, in which he explains the reasons of his resign from participating on the May 18th ballotage
„I have lived my life in the House of Commons, having served there for 52 out of the last 54 years of this tumultuous and convulsive century. I have indeed seen all the ups and downs of fate and fortune there, but I have never ceased to love and honour the Mother of Parliaments, the model of the legislative assemblies of so many lands.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Speech in Westminster Hall (30 November 1954) for his eightieth birthday, quoted in The Times (1 December 1954), p. 11
Post-war years (1945–1955)
„This book is a ripped, by no mean reliable map of some of the landscapes that make up a particular phase of my life. It’s about places where things happened or didn’t happen, places where I stayed and things that have stayed with me, places I’d wanted to see or places I passed through or just ended up.“
— Geoff Dyer English writer 1958
Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It (1993)
Kontext: This book is a ripped, by no mean reliable map of some of the landscapes that make up a particular phase of my life. It’s about places where things happened or didn’t happen, places where I stayed and things that have stayed with me, places I’d wanted to see or places I passed through or just ended up. In a way they’re all the same place—the same landscape—because the person these things happened to was the same person who in turn is the sum of all things that happened or didn’t happen in these and other places. Everything in this book really happened, but some of the things that happened only happened in my head; by that same token, all the things that didn’t happen didn’t happen there too. (p. 1).
— John Steinbeck, buch East of Eden
Variante: I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.
Quelle: East of Eden
„I must remember the things I have seen. I must keep them fresh in memory, see them again in my mind's eye, live through them again and again in my thoughts. And most of all, I must make good use of them in tomorrow's life.“
— Thomas Anthony Dooley III American physician 1927 - 1961
Deliver Us From Evil (1956); recounting Dooley's life-changing experience in 1954, while in the Navy and stationed in Vietnam evacuating anti-Communist refugees, observing the misery of the people.
„For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life.“
— Wilbur Wright American aviation pioneer 1867 - 1912
Letter to (13 May 1900)
Kontext: For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life. I have been trying to arrange my affairs in such a way that I can devote my entire time for a few months to experiment in this field.
„For now, I just want things all safe and familiar. My life may not be perfect, but it is what I have known.“
— Ann M. Martin, A Corner of the Universe
Quelle: A Corner of the Universe
„Boyfriends? In my life I have had three. Three. Only a handful of people have seen into the Pharaoh's tomb.“
— Kate Beckinsale English actress 1973
Allure magazine, March 2008.
„I think journalism was the most important thing I could have done with my life. I just can't think of anything I could have done with my life that would have been more meaningful.“
— John Seigenthaler American journalist, writer, and political figure 1927 - 2014
Reported in his Tennessean's obituary; quoted in "John Seigenthaler dies at 86" http://www.poynter.org/2014/john-seigenthaler-dies-at-86/258597/ by Andrew Beaujon, poynter.org (11 July 2014)
„I don't think we have a future. I know we do. I want to marry you and have kids and be a stay-at-home writer dad while you take Boston journalism by storm. I want to wake up beside you every day for the rest of my life.“
— Shannon Stacey american writer 1972
Quelle: Exclusively Yours
„You know, I've walked this earth for over eleven thousand years, my lady. I have seen things in my life that are unimaginable to you, and you ask me if I doubt you? Lady, I doubt the very air you breathe. (Acheron)“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon, buch Night Pleasures
Quelle: Night Pleasures
„I want to say this to the television audience. I made my mistakes, but in all of my years of public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service. I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice. And I think, too, that I can say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.“
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
I've earned everything I've got.
Televised press conference with 400 Associated Press Managing Editors at Walt Disney World, Florida. (17 November 1973)
Often transcribed as "I am not a crook."
'I Am Not A Crook': How A Phrase Got A Life Of Its Own http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=245830047, on National Public Radio
— Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Quelle: For One More Day
„There are three things that I know a bit about in my life and that's QPR, my guitar and drugs. I know QPR are the best football team in the world, my guitar is the most beautiful thing I own and that I don't take enough drugs to kill me. It isnt drugs that I need to get rid of; it's the demons that fill my head. Once I have come to terms with my demons, maybe I'll be able to get clean.“
— Pete Doherty English musician, writer, actor, poet and artist 1979
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