— Gregory of Nazianzus Christian saint, bishop, and theologian 329 - 389
„I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond.“
Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 12
Kontext: I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond. I hope I shall succeed. For things are not so simple as they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.
— Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946
— Joyce Meyer American author and speaker 1943
— V. V. Giri Indian politician and 4th president of India 1894 - 1980
Presidents of India, 1950-2003
— Sophie Scholl White Rose member 1921 - 1943
Response to the closing question of whether she hadn't "indeed come to the conclusion that your conduct and the actions along with your brother and other persons in the present phase of the war should be seen as a crime against the community, but in particular against our troops fighting arduously in the east, that merits the severest sentence?" in the official examination transcripts (February 1943); Bundesarchiv Berlin, ZC 13267, Bd. 3 http://www.bpb.de/themen/5H3ZT3,3,0,Ausz%FCge_aus_den_Verh%F6rprotokollen_von_Sophie_Scholl.html#art3
„I am rejoiced at my fate. I had rather be in my present situation than to be elected to a seat in congress for life. I am in great hopes of making a fortune for myself and family. I hope you will do the best you can and I will do the same. Do not be uneasy about me for I am with my friends.“
— Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836
Letter to his children (9 January 1836)
— Pelé Brazilian association football player 1940
— Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006
1970s, First Vice-Presidential address (1973)
— Donna Tartt, buch Der Distelfink
Quelle: The Goldfinch
— Uriah Shelton American actor and singer 1997
Quelle: Interview with Uriah Shelton https://www.scifiandscary.com/interview-with-uriah-shelton/ (28 May 2017)
— Tony Blair former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1953
"Mr Blair opts out", Guardian, 2 December 1994. Statement on 1 December 1994, defending his decision to send his eldest son Euan to the London Oratory School which had opted out of local education authority control under a policy which the Labour Party opposed.
— Simon Conway Morris British palaeontologist 1951
Quelle: The Crucible of Creation (1998), p. 151.
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
Paris Review interview (1958)
Kontext: There were many things I could do for two or three days and earn enough money to live on for the rest of the month. By temperament I’m a vagabond and a tramp. I don’t want money badly enough to work for it. In my opinion it’s a shame that there is so much work in the world. One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
— Eric Frein American fugitive 1983
Letter to parents (December 2013)
„And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.“
— Barry Goldwater, buch The Conscience of a Conservative
Quelle: The Conscience of a Conservative (1960), p. 15
Kontext: I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.
— Frank Sinatra American singer and film actor 1915 - 1998
In a 1965 interview with Walter Cronkite, as quoted in "Just A Couple Of Legends" CBS News.com (20 May 1998) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/05/20/entertainment/main9899.shtml
„When I calmly consider this, the flame of anxiety burns my body. Towards the public, I am deeply ashamed of my lack of discretion… I would like to apologise to successive emperors and people by doing my best for reconstruction of the nation and people's happiness.“
— Hirohito Emperor of Japan from 1926 until 1989 1901 - 1989
Draft of undelivered speech (1948); published in the magazine Bungeishunju as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald (11 June 2003).
„For me, research is very important. But I do not begin with research. I begin with writing the story, which for me is the relationship between the characters. It is after I have written or pretty much have a sense of the story that I go and do research. I am conscious that I am writing about poor people for the most part. They don’t have much other than their space or dirt. I want to do my best to represent that well. I am also conscious that I am writing about other countries. I want to make sure I understand those cultures as best as possible and represent them well…“
— Uwem Akpan Nigerian Jesuit priest and writer 1971
On the secondary nature of historical research in his writing process in “UWEM AKPAN | INTERVIEW” https://granta.com/interview-uwem-akpan/ in Granta (2008 Nov 14)