„Of what I am, I know no more than that I am, but here no tie is necessary between subject and object. My own being is this tie, I am at once the subject knowing, and the object known of; and this reflection or return of the knowledge on itself is what I designate by the term I, if I have any determinate meaning.“

—  Johann Gottlieb Fichte, buch Die Bestimmung des Menschen

Jane Sinnett, trans 1846 p. 50
The Vocation of Man (1800), Knowledge

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„Who am I? Subject and object in one — contemplating and contemplated, thinking and thought of. As both must I have become what I am.“

—  Johann Gottlieb Fichte, buch Die Bestimmung des Menschen

Jane Sinnett, trans 1846 p. 71
The Vocation of Man (1800), Faith

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„So please don't think that I am renouncing anything, I am reasonably faithful in my unfaithfulness and though I have changed, I am the same, and what preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way, how can I become more knowledgeable and study some subject or other in depth?“

—  Vincent Van Gogh, buch The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

1880s, 1880, Letter to Theo (Cuesmes, July 1880)
Quelle: The Letters of Vincent van Gogh
Kontext: So please don't think that I am renouncing anything, I am reasonably faithful in my unfaithfulness and though I have changed, I am the same, and what preys on my mind is simply this one question: what am I good for, could I not be of service or use in some way, how can I become more knowledgeable and study some subject or other in depth? That is what keeps preying on my mind, you see, and then one feels imprisoned by poverty, barred from taking part in this or that project and all sorts of necessities are out of one's reach. As a result one cannot rid oneself of melancholy, one feels emptiness where there might have been friendship and sublime and genuine affection, and one feels dreadful disappointment gnawing at one's spiritual energy, fate seems to stand in the way of affection or one feels a wave of disgust welling up inside. And then one says “How long, my God!”

Nicholas Sparks Foto
Frida Kahlo Foto

„I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.“

—  Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954

Quoted from: Antonio Rodríguez, "Una pintora extraordinaria," Así (17 March 1945)
1925 - 1945
Variante: I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

Gore Vidal Foto

„I have begun writing what I have said I'd never write, a memoir ("I am not my own subject," I used to say with icy superiority).“

—  Gore Vidal American writer 1925 - 2012

Preface http://www.threepennyreview.com/samples/vidal_su95.html
1990s, The City and the Pillar and Seven Early Stories (1995)

Emmanuel Levinas Foto
Henry Charles Beeching Foto

„First come I; my name is Jowett.
There's no knowledge but I know it.
I am master of this college:
What I don't know isn't knowledge.“

—  Henry Charles Beeching English clergyman, author and poet 1859 - 1919

The Masque of Balliol http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/2735.html (1880)

Wallace Stevens Foto

„I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set“

—  Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955

"Angel Surrounded by Paysans" (1949)
Kontext: I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash; like meanings said
By repetitions of half-meanings. Am I not,
Myself, only half a figure of a sort,
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?

Henry David Thoreau Foto

„I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.“

—  Henry David Thoreau, buch Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat

Civil Disobedience (1849)

Frantz Fanon Foto

„I came into this world anxious to uncover the meaning of things, my soul desirous to be at origin of the world, and here I am an object among other objects.“

—  Frantz Fanon, buch Black Skin, White Masks

"The Lived Experience of the Black Man"/"The Fact of Blackness"
Black Skin, White Masks (1952)

Isaac Asimov Foto
Kim Jong-il Foto

„I am the object of criticism around the world. But I think that since I am being discussed, then I am on the right track.“

—  Kim Jong-il General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea 1941 - 2011

Conversation with Konstantin Pulikovsky (Summer 2001), quoted in his book Orient Express
Behnke, Alison. Kim Jong Il's North Korea http://books.google.ba/books?id=cdQ8QZU6H0MC&printsec=frontcover&dq=kim+jong+il&source=bl&ots=qNQT5KQLoZ&sig=OguwgfrkTQ-eOqbqUCBWSnQAe-k&hl=hr&sa=X&ei=7VJWUPC3OK_74QSxmoGQBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=kim%20jong%20il&f=false
Variante: I know I'm an object of criticism in the world, but if I am being talked about, I must be doing the right things.

Torquato Tasso Foto

„Wherever I am, I am Love, no less
among these shepherds than with nobility.
And inequalities of subjects to my rule
I balance as I please.“

—  Torquato Tasso, Aminta

Ovunque i mi sia, io sono Amore.
Ne'pastori non men, che ne gli heroi;
E la disagguaglianza de'soggetti,
Come à me piace, agguaglio.
Prologue
Aminta (1573)

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„I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation.“

—  William Lloyd Garrison American journalist 1805 - 1879

"To the Public", No. 1 (1 January 1831) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2928t.html
The Liberator (1831 - 1866)
Kontext: I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.

Poliziano Foto

„Someone might object, "But you do not express yourself like Cicero". What of it? I am not Cicero. But I think I express my own self.“
Non exprimis, aliquis inquit, Ciceronem. Quid tum? Non enim sum Cicero; me tamen, ut opinor, exprimo.

—  Poliziano Italian writer 1454 - 1494

Epistolae 8, 16. Quoted in Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance (1995) by Martin L. McLaughlin, p. 203.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte Foto

„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

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