— George Alec Effinger, buch When Gravity Fails
Quelle: When Gravity Fails (1986), Chapter 2 (p. 13).
— Iggy Pop American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor 1947
On wearing leotards and fishnet stockings in his early performances.
Rolling Stone interview (2003)
Kontext: I wore that because it makes me look beautiful. I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, "Wow, I'm really great-looking."... I think I'm the greatest, anyway.
— Simone Weil, buch Waiting for God
Quelle: Waiting for God
„I usually only draw myself in down periods. I do, actually. I suppose that's why I often draw myself looking grim. I just think, "Let's have a look in the mirror." When you are alone and you look in a mirror you never put on a pleasing smile. Well, you don't, do you?“
— David Hockney British artist 1937
Interview with Nigel Farndale, "The talented Mr. Hockney" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/11/17/bahock17.xml The Telegraph (15 November 2001)
„One day when I was able to get up, I decided to look at myself in the mirror on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto.
From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.
The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.“
— Elie Wiesel, buch Night
— P. D. Ouspensky Russian esotericist 1878 - 1947
Card I : The Magician http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/sot/sot02.htm
The Symbolism of the Tarot (1913)
Kontext: I Saw the Man.
His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle. He stood deep in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate, seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity.
Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic — the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle.
His right hand pointed to heaven, his left to earth. Under his mantle he wore a white tunic girded with a serpent swallowing its tail.
His face was luminous and serene, and, when his eyes met mine, I felt that he saw most intimate recesses of my soul. I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes I seemed to look upon myself.
And I heard a voice saying:
—"Look, this is the Great Magician!
— Sue Monk Kidd, buch The Mermaid Chair
Quelle: The Mermaid Chair
— Emma Donoghue Irish novelist, playwright, short-story writer and historian 1969
Quelle: Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
— Zora Neale Hurston American folklorist, novelist, short story writer 1891 - 1960
Quelle: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing... And Then Again: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader
— Dave Allen Irish comedian and satirist 1936 - 2005
Compilation by the BBC 11 March, 2005 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4340205.stm
— Sharon G. Flake, buch The Skin I'm In
Quelle: The Skin I'm In
— Michelle Pfeiffer American actress 1958
In response to criticism that she was too beautiful to play a lonely waitress in Frankie and Johnny, quoted in Pfeiffer: Beyond the Age of Innocence by Thompson, p. 223
Kontext: The description of the character is that Frankie is an attractive woman if she'd just put a little effort into how she looks. So that's basically the way I played her. I consider myself an attractive woman, and I can be not-so-great-looking if I don't put effort into how I look. But more importantly, the core of the character was someone who had given up on love, and that could be any age, any size, any form of beauty. That could be anybody.
„When I look in the mirror, I see a woman with secrets. When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us.“
— Terry Tempest Williams American writer 1955
Quelle: When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice
— John Tobin, The Honey Moon
The Honeymoon (1805), Act iii. Sc. 4.
„When I try to psychoanalyze myself, I find that my desires to look female, to look feminine, and to look beautiful are not exactly the same, but they're woven together so tightly that it's kind of difficult to untangle them.“
— Natalie Wynn, ContraPoints
„For a moment, sitting there in above the city, I imagined life outside narcissism. I wondered how beautiful it might be to think of others as more important than myself. I wondered at how peaceful it might be not to be pestered by that childish voice that wants for pleasures and attention. I wondered what it would be like not to live in a house of mirrors, everywhere I go being reminded of myself.“
— Donald Miller, buch Blue Like Jazz: nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
„Just as 'beauty' is not related to sex, neither is it related to love. Even having it does not bestow love on a woman, though the beauty myth claims that it must. It is because 'beauty' is so hostile to love that many beautiful women are so cynical about men. […] The beautiful woman is excluded forever from the rewards and responsibilities of particular human love, for she cannot trust that any man will love her 'for herself alone.' A hellish doubt inheres in the myth that makes impersonal 'beauty' a prerequisite for love: Where does love go when beauty vanishes? And, if a woman cannot be loved 'for herself alone,' for whom is she being loved?“
— Naomi Wolf, buch The Beauty Myth
Quelle: The Beauty Myth (1991), Chapter 5 : 'Sex', p. 172