— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
„I am not the one trying to speed things up. We are being driven.“
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. The idea of German reunification, often discussed but considered unrealistic, once again became a subject of heated debate. Reunification now appeared inevitable, but scarcely anyone ventured to prophesy how soon it would come. German chancellor Helmut Kohl remarked those words when was accused of pushing unification plans too fast.
Awake! magazine, 12 - 22 - 1991; in its article The Dream of European Unity.
„I am expecting to come second, at least…I am not putting in all these hours and putting up with media trying to come second, I am not…I am trying to win this damn thing.“
— Melissa Lee New Zealand politician 1966
Nats ask Act MP to lay off Melissa Lee, Patrick, Gower, The New Zealand Herald, 23 May 2009, 2010-07-13 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10574128,
After the radio interview
Mount Albert by-election campaign, 2009
„Turn," Liz said, trying not to hide her impatience at being forced to read at non-speed-of-light pace.“
— Ally Carter, buch Only the Good Spy Young
Quelle: Only the Good Spy Young
„I want to make one thing absolutely clear. I am not a Zen Buddhist, I am not advocating Zen Buddhism, I am not trying to convert anyone to it. I have nothing to sell. I'm an entertainer.“
— Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973
Alan Watts, on Zen (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh-3FJs2pz8
Kontext: I want to make one thing absolutely clear. I am not a Zen Buddhist, I am not advocating Zen Buddhism, I am not trying to convert anyone to it. I have nothing to sell. I'm an entertainer. That is to say, in the same sense, that when you go to a concert and you listen to someone play Mozart, he has nothing to sell except the sound of the music. He doesn’t want to convert you to anything. He doesn’t want you to join an organization in favor of Mozart's music as opposed to, say, Beethoven's. And I approach you in the same spirit as a musician with his piano or a violinist with his violin. I just want you to enjoy a point of view that I enjoy.
„Very few things are as dangerous as a bunch of incentive-driven individuals trying to play it safe.“
— Alfie Kohn American author and lecturer 1957
Punished by Rewards
„I am strong-willed, and I am driven, and I am passionate…but I don’t have…a central cause…a motivating cause, I don’t know what that would be…other than trying to tell the truth when I work.“
— Jennifer Beals American actress and a former teen model 1963
Interview with Jian Gomeshi, CBC Radio Q (16 February 2011) http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/QTV_on_bol...2/ID=1886977325/.
— Christopher Titus actor, writer, podcaster 1964
„The only thing faster than the speed of thought is the speed of forgetfulness. Good thing we have other people to help us remember.“
— Vera Nazarian American writer 1966
Quelle: The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
„I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.“
— Stephen King American author 1947
Quelle: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
„One of the weaknesses of a democracy, a system of which I am trying to make the best, is that until it is right up against it it will never face the truth.“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1935/oct/23/international-situation#column_152 in the House of Commons (23 October 1935).
Kontext: The lessons of this crisis have made it clear to us that in the interests of world peace it is essential that our defensive services should be stronger than they are to-day. When I say that I am not thinking of any kind of unilateral rearmament directed either in reality or in imagination against any particular country, as might have been said to be the case before the War. It is a strengthening of our defensive services within the framework of the League, for the sake of international peace, not for selfish ends... I will not be responsible for the conduct of any Government in this country at this present time, if I am not given power to remedy the deficiencies which have accrued in our defensive services since the War.... One of the weaknesses of a democracy, a system of which I am trying to make the best, is that until it is right up against it it will never face the truth.
„One thing is quite clear to me; all that is, lives and moves and has its being in consciousness and I am in and beyond that consciousness. (…)“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Awareness and consciousness
Quelle: "I am That." P.91-2.
— Tryon Edwards American theologian 1809 - 1894
Quelle: A Dictionary of Thoughts, 1891, p. 253.
„[Talking about Richard Hammond's high-speed dragster crash] That should be the anti-speeding advert. It should be footage of Richard Hammond trying to remember his own wedding day. [Mimicking Richard Hammond] "She was wearing black… or was it red? Am I married?"“
— Frankie Boyle Scottish comedian 1972
Mock the Week
„The feminists took me as a role model, as a mother. It bothers me. I am not interested in being a mother. I am still a girl trying to understand myself.“
— Louise Bourgeois American and French sculptor 1911 - 2010
Louise Bourgeois: a web of emotions, 2010
„Knowing that the life that remained to him could not be of great length, he said, “I try to increase it in weight, I try to arrest the speed of its flight by the speed with which I grasp it. … The shorter my possession of life, the deeper and fuller I must make it.”“
— Sarah Bakewell, buch How to Live
Quelle: How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in one Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer (2010), pp. 37-38.
„I try to live with few rules, but one that I’ve adopted over the years is this: if it’s down to me being screwed up, or everybody else being screwed up, it is far, far, far more likely that I’m the one who’s screwed up.“
— Mark Manson American writer and blogger 1984
Quelle: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), Chapter 6, “You’re Wrong About Everything (But So Am I)” (pp. 145-146)