„And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen?“
„I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.
[, New York Times, April 19, 1992]“
— Cormac McCarthy American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933
„To describe my despair would be impossible. No words could tell it. I was buried alive, with the prospect before me of dying of hunger and thirst.“
— Jules Verne French novelist, poet and playwright 1828 - 1905
Ch. XXVII: Lost in the bowels of the earth
„About 1883 a kind of break occurred in my work. I had wrung Impressionism dry, and had come to the conclusion that I knew neither how to paint nor how to draw. In a word, I was at an impasse“
— Pierre-Auguste Renoir French painter and sculptor 1841 - 1919
In: ''Renoir'', by A. Vollard, Paris, 1920, p. 135; as quoted in: Corinne Benicka (1980) Great modern masters. p. 130; Benicka (1980) commented: The frescoes of Raphael and the Pompeian murals that he saw there definitely confirmed what Renoir had begun to feel about his own art; that it was becoming too amorphous in character and was weak in design.
— Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931
Context: I had plenty of LSD, but why take it. I knew what it was going to do, what it was going to tell me. It was going to show me that garden again and then I was going to be cast out and that was it.
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Context: New Yorkers love to dupe themselves, as well as doom themselves. I haven’t had to live like that. I’m a California boy. I don’t tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.
„Once is the kind of film I've been pestered about ever since I started reviewing again. People couldn't quite describe it, but they said I had to see it. I had to. Well, I did. They were right.“
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/once-2007 of Once (24 December 2007)
„It was the pictures I remembered and the words that went with them; for nothing I have ever seen with my eyes was so clear and bright as what my vision showed me; and no words that I have ever heard with my ears were like the words I heard. I did not have to remember these things; they have remembered themselves all these years. It was as I grew older that the meanings came clearer and clearer out of the pictures and the words; and even now I know that more was shown to me than I can tell.“
— Black Elk Oglala Lakota leader 1863 - 1950
Context: They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man, had brought me back to life. I knew it was the Grandfathers in the Flaming Rainbow Tepee who had cured me; but I felt afraid to say so. My father gave Whirlwind Chaser the best horse he had for making me well, and many people came to look at me, and there was much talk about the great power of Whirlwind Chaser who had made me well all at once when I was almost the same as dead. Everybody was glad that I was living; but as I lay there thinking about the wonderful place where I had been and all that I had seen, I was very sad; for it seemed to me that everybody ought to know about it, but I was afraid to tell, because I knew that nobody would believe me, little as I was, for I was only nine years old. Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me. I am sure now that I was then too young to understand it all, and that I only felt it. It was the pictures I remembered and the words that went with them; for nothing I have ever seen with my eyes was so clear and bright as what my vision showed me; and no words that I have ever heard with my ears were like the words I heard. I did not have to remember these things; they have remembered themselves all these years. It was as I grew older that the meanings came clearer and clearer out of the pictures and the words; and even now I know that more was shown to me than I can tell.
„I could not find my way back in dreams, I knew then. They were memory and desire, terror and hope; they told me only what I already knew.“
— Patricia A. McKillip American fantasy writer 1948
Chapter 16, p. 155.
„I knew that even if I was able to call for help, I was in a place so remote that it wasn’t likely there would be anyone who could help me. And even if there were, it could take weeks.“
— Abby Sunderland Camera Assistant, Inspirational Speaker and Sailor 1993
„I was infected with my desire, my resolve, to make it in broadcasting. I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and how.“
— Howard Cosell American sportscaster 1918 - 1995
„“Could you punish a heretic?”
“Madam, I do not know what a heretic really is. The word is made much of, these days. It seems to describe anyone you wish dead.”“
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
Chapter 2 (p. 27)