„For the first time since I began acting, I feel that I've found my place in the world, that there's something out of my own culture which i can express and perhaps help others preserve.. i have found out now that the African natives had a definite culture a long way beyond the culture of the Stone age…an integrated thing, which is still unspoiled by western influences…I think the Americans will be amazed to find how many of the modern dance steps are relics of African heritage.“

As quoted in Paul Robeson : The Whole World in His Hands (1981) by Susan Robeson, p. 72

Übernommen aus Wikiquote. Letzte Aktualisierung 22. Mai 2020. Geschichte
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Paul Robeson
US-amerikanischer Schauspieler, Sänger, Sportler, Autor und… 1898 - 1976

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Thierry Baudet Foto

„I do not want Europe to Africanize (…) I want Europa to stay dominantly white and remain culturally the way it is.“

—  Thierry Baudet Dutch writer and jurist 1983

Ik [wil] niet dat Europa Afrikaniseert (...) ik wil graag dat Europa dominant blank en cultureel blijft zoals het is.
Thierry Baudet in de Vluchtweek. Interview on Radio Amsterdam on 17 September 2015.

Lewis Mumford Foto

„Modern industrial design is based on the principle of conspicuous economy [but] the bourgeois culture which dominates the Western World is founded… on the principle of conspicuous waste.“

—  Lewis Mumford American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic 1895 - 1990

Lewis Mumford (1930) Modern American design. R.L. Leonard, & ‎C.A. Glassgold (eds.), ‎American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen. p. 9; As cited in: V.T. Clayton et al. Drawing on America's Past, p. 28

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Leo Igwe Foto

„For too long, African societies have been identified as superstitious, consisting of people who cannot question, reason or think critically. Dogma and blind faith in superstition, divinity and tradition are said to be the mainstay of popular thought and culture. African science is often equated with witchcraft and the occult; African philosophy with magical thinking, myth-making and mysticism, African religion with stone-age spiritual abracadabra, African medicine with folk therapies often involving pseudoscientific concoctions inspired by magical thinking. Science, critical thinking and technological intelligence are portrayed as Western — as opposed to universal — values, and as alien to Africa and to the African mindset. An African who thinks critically or seeks evidence and demands proofs for extraordinary claims is accused of taking a “white” or Western approach. An African questioning local superstitions and traditions is portrayed as having abandoned or betrayed the essence of African identity. Skepticism and rationalism are regarded as Western, un-African, philosophies. Although there is a risk of overgeneralizing, there are clear indicators that the continent is still socially, politically and culturally trapped by undue credulity. Many irrational beliefs exist and hold sway across the region. These are beliefs informed by fear and ignorance, misrepresentations of nature and how nature works. These misconceptions are often instrumental in causing many absurd incidents, harmful traditional practices and atrocious acts.“

—  Leo Igwe Nigerian human rights activist 1970

A Manifesto for a Skeptical Africa (2012)

Virginia Woolf Foto

„I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.“

—  Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

As quoted in Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Times (1993) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 391
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Hendrik Werkman Foto

„For me, life would be worthless if there was not modern art and if I did not had the opportunity to express myself in it anyhow, now that I have gradually found the way I can express myself.“

—  Hendrik Werkman Dutch artist 1882 - 1945

version in original Dutch (origineel citaat van Hendrik Werkman, in het Nederlands): Voor mij zou het leven waardeloos zijn als er niet de moderne kunst was en als ik niet de mogelijkheid had om me daarin te uiten op welke manier dan ook, nu ik de wijze waarop ik mij kan uiten langzamerhand heb gevonden.
Quote of Werkman in his letter to August Henkels, June 1942, as cited by Doeke Sijens in H. N. Werkman - Leven & Werk - 1882-1945, ed. A. de Vries, J. van der Spek, D. Sijens, M. Jansen; WBooks, Groninger Museum / Stichting Werkman, 2015 (transl: Fons Heijnsbroek), p. 64
1940's

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„I enlisted my readers in the service of a grand experiment, to see how my book could find its way into cultural relevance and commercial success. The experiment worked out very satisfactorily.“

—  Cory Doctorow, buch Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

"A note about this book, February 12, 2004"
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003)
Kontext: I released this book a little over a year ago under the terms of a Creative Commons license that allowed my readers to freely redistribute the text without needing any further permission from me. In this fashion, I enlisted my readers in the service of a grand experiment, to see how my book could find its way into cultural relevance and commercial success. The experiment worked out very satisfactorily.
When I originally licensed the book under the terms set out in the next section, I did so in the most conservative fashion possible, using CC's most restrictive license. I wanted to dip my toe in before taking a plunge. I wanted to see if the sky would fall: you see writers are routinely schooled by their peers that maximal copyright is the only thing that stands between us and penury, and so ingrained was this lesson in me that even though I had the intellectual intuition that a "some rights reserved" regime would serve me well, I still couldn't shake the atavistic fear that I was about to do something very foolish indeed.
It wasn't foolish.

Friedrich Nietzsche Foto

„i>Danger of our culture. We belong to a time in which culture is in danger of being destroyed by the means of culture.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Menschliches, Allzumenschliches

Gefahr unserer Cultur.
Wir gehören einer Zeit an, deren Cultur in Gefahr ist, an den Mitteln der Cultur zu Grunde zu gehen.
Section IX, "Man Alone with Himself" / aphorism 520
Human, All Too Human (1878), Helen Zimmern translation

Camille Paglia Foto
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Vincent Van Gogh Foto

„I couldn't tell you how happy I feel to have taken up drawing again. It had already been on my mind for a long time, but I always saw the thing as impossible and beyond my reach“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

In his letter to Theo, from Cuesmes, 24 September 1880 - original manuscript of letter no. 158 - at Van Gogh Museum, location Amsterdam - inv. no. b156 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let158/letter.html
Van Gogh's copies (drawings) he made after the work of Rousseau have been lost
1880s, 1880
Kontext: First and foremost, the masterly etching, 'The bush', by Daubigny/Ruisdael. [ Daubigny's etching 'The bush', he made after Jacob van Ruisdael ].... I plan to do two drawings, either in sepia or something else, one of them after this etching [by Daubigny] — the other [etching, made] after T. Rousseau's 'The oven in Les Landes'. This latter sepia is already done — it's true — but if you compare it with Daubigny's etching, you'll understand that it becomes weak, even though the sepia drawing considered on its own may very well have a certain tone and sentiment. I have to go back to it and work on it again.... I couldn't tell you how happy I feel to have taken up drawing again. It had already been on my mind for a long time, but I always saw the thing as impossible and beyond my reach.

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James Stephens Foto

„I would think
Until I found
Something
I can never find;
– Something
Lying
On the ground,
In the bottom
Of my mind.“

—  James Stephens Irish writer 1882 - 1950

"The Goat Paths", line 89, in Collected Poems (London: Macmillan, 1954) p. 6.

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