„Flowers lead to books, which lead to thinking and not thinking and then more flowers and music, music. Then many more flowers and many more books.“
— Maira Kalman Israeli American artist and creator of children's books 1949
Of the musical Rent
One on one with Anthony Rapp on his return to "Rent": Livewire, April 7, 2009 http://www.concertlivewire.com/rentint.htm
— Maira Kalman Israeli American artist and creator of children's books 1949
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, 1652
— George Steiner American writer 1929 - 2020
Quelle: Real Presences (1989), III: Presences, Ch. 6 (p. 218).
— Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
Message at the Happy Rhodes fan Guestbook http://www.e-guestbooks.com/cgi-bin/e-guestbooks/guestbook.cgi?action=view&user=Equipoise
— Leo Tolstoy, buch Anna Karenina
Quelle: Anna Karenina
— Henri Barbusse, buch Das Feuer
Under Fire (1916), Ch. 24 - The Dawn
Kontext: There are all those things against you. Against you and your great common interests which as you dimly saw are the same thing in effect as justice, there are not only the sword-wavers, the profiteers, and the intriguers.
There is not only the prodigious opposition of interested parties — financiers, speculators great and small, armorplated in their banks and houses, who live on war and live in peace during war, with their brows stubbornly set upon a secret doctrine and their faces shut up like safes.
There are those who admire the exchange of flashing blows, who hail like women the bright colors of uniforms; those whom military music and the martial ballads poured upon the public intoxicate as with brandy; the dizzy-brained, the feeble-minded, the superstitious, the savages.
There are those who bury themselves in the past, on whose lips are the sayings only of bygone days, the traditionalists for whom an injustice has legal force because it is perpetuated, who aspire to be guided by the dead, who strive to subordinate progress and the future and all their palpitating passion to the realm of ghosts and nursery-tales.
With them are all the parsons, who seek to excite you and to lull you to sleep with the morphine of their Paradise, so that nothing may change. There are the lawyers, the economists, the historians — and how many more? — who befog you with the rigmarole of theory, who declare the inter-antagonism of nationalities at a time when the only unity possessed by each nation of to-day is in the arbitrary map-made lines of her frontiers, while she is inhabited by an artificial amalgam of races; there are the worm-eaten genealogists, who forge for the ambitious of conquest and plunder false certificates of philosophy and imaginary titles of nobility. The infirmity of human intelligence is short sight. In too many cases, the wiseacres are dunces of a sort, who lose sight of the simplicity of things, and stifle and obscure it with formulae and trivialities. It is the small things that one learns from books, not the great ones.
And even while they are saying that they do not wish for war they are doing all they can to perpetuate it. They nourish national vanity and the love of supremacy by force. "We alone," they say, each behind his shelter, "we alone are the guardians of courage and loyalty, of ability and good taste!" Out of the greatness and richness of a country they make something like a consuming disease. Out of patriotism — which can be respected as long as it remains in the domain of sentiment and art on exactly the same footing as the sense of family and local pride, all equally sacred — out of patriotism they make a Utopian and impracticable idea, unbalancing the world, a sort of cancer which drains all the living force, spreads everywhere and crushes life, a contagious cancer which culminates either in the crash of war or in the exhaustion and suffocation of armed peace.
They pervert the most admirable of moral principles. How many are the crimes of which they have made virtues merely by dowering them with the word "national"? They distort even truth itself. For the truth which is eternally the same they substitute each their national truth. So many nations, so many truths; and thus they falsify and twist the truth.
Those are your enemies. All those people whose childish and odiously ridiculous disputes you hear snarling above you — "It wasn't me that began, it was you!" — "No, it wasn't me, it was you!" — "Hit me then!" — "No, you hit me!" — those puerilities that perpetuate the world's huge wound, for the disputants are not the people truly concerned, but quite the contrary, nor do they desire to have done with it; all those people who cannot or will not make peace on earth; all those who for one reason or another cling to the ancient state of things and find or invent excuses for it — they are your enemies!
They are your enemies as much as those German soldiers are to-day who are prostrate here between you in the mud, who are only poor dupes hatefully deceived and brutalized, domestic beasts. They are your enemies, wherever they were born, however they pronounce their names, whatever the language in which they lie. Look at them, in the heaven and on the earth. Look at them, everywhere! Identify them once for all, and be mindful for ever!
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
— John Diamond (doctor) Australian doctor 1934
Quelle: The Life Energy in Music, Vol. 1 (1981), p. 7
— Daniel Keyes, buch Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon (1966)
— John Chrysostom important Early Church Father 349 - 407
St. John Chrysostom, Homily III on Acts 1:12
Kontext: I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved, but many more that perish: and the reason is, that it is an affair that requires a great mind.
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, as quoted http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)
Kontext: Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit... So here we are several billion of us, crowded into our global concentration camp for the duration. How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.
— Richard Hamming American mathematician and information theorist 1915 - 1998
Methods of Mathematics Applied to Calculus, Probability, and Statistics (1985)
Kontext: When a theory is sufficiently general to cover many fields of application, it acquires some "truth" from each of them. Thus... a positive value for generalization in mathematics.
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Kontext: I think the United States should be a leader. A country as rich and powerful as this which bears so many burdens and responsibilities, which has so many opportunities, should be second to none. And in December, while I do not regard our mastery of space as anywhere near complete, while I recognize that there are still areas where we are behind — at least in one area, the size of the booster — this year I hope the United States will be ahead. And I am for it. We have a long way to go. Many weeks and months and years of long, tedious work lie ahead. There will be setbacks and frustrations and disappointments. There will be, as there always are, pressures in this country to do less in this area as in so many others, and temptations to do something else that is perhaps easier. But this research here must go on. This space effort must go on. The conquest of space must and will go ahead. That much we know. That much we can say with confidence and conviction.
— Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
Quelle: Fernando Pessoa and Co.: Selected Poems
— Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939
1920s, The Future of an Illusion (1927)
— A. R. Rahman Indian singer and composer 1966
— Peter Jennings News anchor 1938 - 2005
Larry King Interview (8 September 2003)
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
Marginalia http://www.easylit.com/poe/comtext/prose/margin.shtml (November 1844)