„I cannot talk about myself otherwise than by saying "Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself".“
Japan, The Ambiguous, and Myself (1994)
Kontext: In the rest of my lecture I would like to use the word "ambiguous" in accordance with the distinction made by the eminent British poet Kathleen Raine; she once said of William Blake that he was not so much vague as ambiguous. I cannot talk about myself otherwise than by saying "Japan, the Ambiguous, and Myself".
— Michelangelo Antonioni Italian film director and screenwriter 1912 - 2007
Encountering Directors interview (1969)
„If, however, it happens to be necessary to speak of myself, I do so on account of the world, which would not understand me should I name myself otherwise than as men are named, yet inwardly I say: my I is God, nor is any other self known to me except my God.“
— Catherine of Genoa Italian author and nurse 1447 - 1510
Life and Doctrine
„If I only know what I am convinced of and have found out myself, if I really only know what I have experienced myself, then indeed I cannot say that I have the least knowledge about my vocation; I only know what others claim to know about it.“
— Johann Gottlieb Fichte, buch Die Bestimmung des Menschen
Wenn ich nur dasjenige weiß, und von ihm überzeugt bin, was ich selbst gefunden, – nur dasjenige wirklich kenne, was ich selbst erfahren habe, so kann ich in der That nicht sagen, daß ich über meine Bestimmung das Geringste wisse; ich weiß blos, was Andre darüber zu wissen behaupten.
Quelle: The Vocation of Man (1800), P. Preuss, trans. (1987), p. 4
„And I thought to myself: I actually have a conection to this place, it's part of my musical legacy. [Hammett talking about Scorpions]“
— Kirk Hammett American musician 1962
Germany's Radio (November 2016)
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Quelle: Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
„What does it mean when people say I cannot walk by myself, I cannot travel by myself? I have a mouth to talk, I have a brain to think, I can walk, and I have a cane to find my way around. Then why can I not travel by myself? I was like a bird in a cage, not allowed to come out without an escort. But now my life has been transformed.“
— Tiffany Brar Indian Social Activist 1988
As quoted in They Say the Blind Should Not Lead the Blind. She Proves Them Wrong. https://www.thebetterindia.com/40485/tiffany-brar-working-for-blind/ (December 22, 2015) by Ranjini Sivaswamy, The Better India.
„I talk to myself everyone once in a while. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes I even take it.“
— Laurell K. Hamilton, buch Guilty Pleasures
Quelle: Guilty Pleasures
„Anybody who French bashes just might as well wear a badge that says 'I am a follower! I don't think for myself and I have no idea what I'm talking about.“
— Janeane Garofalo comedian, actress, political activist, writer 1964
That would be a French basher."
Majority Report, June 3, 2005 broadcast
„As for myself, I report more things than I believe; for I cannot bring myself to vouch for that which I am in doubt, nor to suppress what I have heard.“
— Quintus Curtius Rufus Roman historian
IX, 1, 34; translation by John Carew Rolfe
Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis Libri Qui Supersunt, Book IX
Original: (la) Equidem plura transcribo quam credo; nam nec affirmare sustineo de quibus dubito, nec subducere quae accepi.
„We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, "That man is a Red, that man is a Communist." You never hear a real American talk like that.“
— Frank Hague Mayor of Jersey City 1876 - 1956
Speech to the Jersey City Chamber of Commerce (12 January 1938), as quoted in The Last Three Miles : Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America's First Superhighway (2007) by Steven Hart, p. 137.
Kontext: As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure. We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, "That man is a Red, that man is a Communist." You never hear a real American talk like that.
„I don't want to talk about things I haven't seen, so if they want me to talk about those things, I've got to go there and see for myself.“
— Diana, Princess of Wales First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales 1961 - 1997
International Special Report: Princess Diana, 1961–1997, The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/diana/stories/glamor0901.htm,
— P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
As quoted by Valerie Lawson, in an interview: "The Mystic Life of P.L. Travers" (7 May 2003) http://www.abc.net.au/rn/relig/ark/stories/s844311.htm
„I cannot come to be fully human unless I have received myself as a gift and accepted myself as a gift of somebody who has, as we say today, distorted me the way you distorted me by loving me.“
— Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002
We the People interview (1996)
„Sometimes I go out and hear people talk about irrelevant things and then I tell myself this is why I don’t go out.“
— Keanu Reeves Canadian actor, director, producer and musician 1964
„I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.“
— Charles I of England monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1600 - 1649
Remark to Prince Rupert of the Rhine in 1646, just before surrendering to Parliament and its New Model Army. As quoted in Early Modern England: A Narrative History (2009) by Robert Bucholz and Newton Key, p. 258
Kontext: I confess that, speaking as a mere soldier or statesman, there is no probability of my ruin; yet, as a Christian, I must tell you that God will not suffer rebels and traitors to prosper, nor this cause be overthrown, and whatever personal punishment it shall please hi to inflict on me, must not make me repine, much less give over this quarrel... Indeed, I cannot flatter myself with the expectation of good success more than this, to end my days with honour and a good conscience.
„I was amazed to receive later a substantial sum for sitting in my room and talking about myself. If only I could get some of the back pay!“
— Quentin Crisp, buch The Naked Civil Servant
Quelle: The Naked Civil Servant (1968), Ch. 15
„I could never kill myself. I approve of suicide if you have horrible health. Otherwise it's the ultimate hissy fit.“
— John Waters American filmmaker, actor, comedian and writer 1946
„To talk of immaterial existences is to talk of nothings. To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings, or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart. At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism, this masked atheism, crept in, I do not know. But heresy it certainly is. […] I am satisfied, and sufficiently occupied with the things which are, without tormenting or troubling myself about those which may indeed be, but of which I have no evidence.“
— Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826
Letter http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/jefferson_jadms.html to John Adams (15 August 1820)