„Madness is never that far away. It's as close as saying yes to the wrong impulse.“
Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act (1991)
Kontext: Madness is never that far away. It's as close as saying yes to the wrong impulse. The people who stay sane are the people who can make those quick decisions: "Should I stick my fingers into the fan, or leave the room right now?
"Should I run the blade of this razor across my tongue, or just finish shaving and move away from the sink?"
But you don't because luckily most of us have that little voice inside our head that says, "Uh uh uh, turning the car into oncoming traffic... is counterproductive!"
„High in the sky is a bird on a wing
Please carry me with you
Far far away from the mad rushing crowd
Please carry me with you“
— Tom Springfield English musician, songwriter and record producer 1934
Song Island of Dreams.
— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
In answer to the question as to whether he ever thought he might be quite mad. Granada Television documentary on Scientology http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_w-YWwC1lI#t=1503.
„Serenity comes from the ability to say “Yes” to existence. Courage comes from the ability to say “No” to the wrong choices made by others.“
— Ayn Rand, buch Philosophy: Who Needs It
Quelle: Philosophy: Who Needs It
„Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform. Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far.“
Netgear CEO: Apple Doomed Because Of Closed Platform, Jobs' 'Ego' http://huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/31/netgear-ceo-steve-jobs_n_816279.html in The Huffington Post (31 January 2011)
„Tahiti is very far away, and I knew that I should never see it again. A chapter of my life was closed, and I felt a little nearer to inevitable death.“
— W. Somerset Maugham, buch The Moon and Sixpence
Quelle: The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Ch. 58, p. 213
— Chuck Palahniuk, buch Haunted
Variante: You can never set off to do the wrong thing.
Quelle: Haunted (2005), Chapter 4
Kontext: "It's not a matter of right and wrong," Mr. Whittier would say. Really, there is no wrong. Not in our minds. Our own reality. You can never set off to do the wrong thing. You can never say the wrong thing. In your own mind, you are always right. Every action you take--what you do or say or how you choose to appear--is automatically right the moment you act.
„The close-up says everything, it's then that an actor's learned, rehearsed behavior becomes most obvious to an audience and chips away, unconsciously, at its experience of reality. In a close-up, the audience is only inches away, and your face becomes the stage.“
— Marlon Brando American screen and stage actor 1924 - 2004
New York Times (July 2, 2004)
„I'm still there, watching those possessed children, as far away from the mystery now as I was then. I've never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door.“
— Marguerite Duras, buch The Lover
Quelle: The Lover
„And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.“
— Alcuin English scholar and abbot 735 - 804
Variant translation: We should not listen to those who like to affirm that the voice of the people is the voice of God, for the tumult of the masses is truly close to madness.
Works, Epistle 127 (to Charlemagne, AD 800)
Original: (la) Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
„Censors feel they are safe from objectionable material but must protect others who are not as smart or moral. The same impulse tempts the reviewer of 'The Believer'… If the wrong people get the wrong message - well, there has never been any shortage of wrong messages. Or wrong people.“
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-believer-2002 of The Believer (14 June 2002)
Reviews, Three star reviews
„Today, not starting is far, far worse than being wrong. If you start, you've got a shot at evolving and adjusting to turn your wrong into a right. But if you don't start, you never get a chance.“
— Seth Godin American entrepreneur, author and public speaker 1960
Quelle: Poke the Box
„To me the war was an abomination, a madness, a crime, and from the first moment onwards–more out of impulse than reflection–I inwardly rejected it and could never reconcile myself with it up to this very moment.“
— Alexandra Kollontai Soviet diplomat 1872 - 1952
About the first World War.
The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman (1926)
„My prayer is to linger with you
At the end of the day in a dream that's divine;
My prayer is a rapture in blue
With the world far away and your lips close to mine.“
— Jimmy Kennedy Irish songwriter 1902 - 1984
Song My Prayer
„She maintained a careful balance by her window, never allowing the men to come too close, never allowing them to stray too far.“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, buch Alles ist erleuchtet
Quelle: Everything Is Illuminated