„I remember a friend many years ago who had taped a sign to his refrigerator: There's a dream dreaming us. If you try to think about what that means it makes your mind silly, but that silliness is good.“

Quelle: Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life

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Natalie Goldberg
amerikanische Schriftstellerin und Schreiblehrerin 1948

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„It was a silly, silly dream, being unhappy.“

—  Virginia Woolf, buch Mrs Dalloway

Quelle: Mrs. Dalloway

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„Silliness which would have broken a politician twenty years ago, now makes his fortune.“

—  E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937

Ventures in Common Sense (1919), p61.

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„I see you laugh, and rightly so. What is this silly old fool rambling on about? Good for you. Never respect years, only deeds.“

—  Tanith Lee, buch Drinking Sapphire Wine

Part 3, Chapter 6 (p. 128)
Drinking Sapphire Wine (1977)

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„A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream.“

—  Maya Angelou, buch Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Quelle: Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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„threats like, "if you don't mind I will beat on your behind"
"slap you, slap you silly" made me say,
"o, what's the matter here?"“

—  Natalie Merchant American singer-songwriter 1963

Song lyrics, In My Tribe (1987), What's The Matter Here?

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„I resent your calling this a silly myth. I made the myth and it is not silly; charming rather.“

—  R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002

Quelle: Space Chantey (1968), Ch. 6
Kontext: I am Aeaea. To my notion there is no other lady anywhere. And I resent your calling this a silly myth. I made the myth and it is not silly; charming rather. Well, come along, come along! You are my things now, and you will come when I call you.

„You silly old fool, you don't even know the alphabet of your own silly old business.“

—  William Henry Maule British politician 1788 - 1858

Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 86. The quotation has been attributed to many others, such as Lord Chief Justice Campbell, Lord Chesterfield, Sir William Harcourt, Lord Pembroke, Lord Westbury, and to an anonymous judge, and said to have been spoken in court to Garter King at Arms, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant, or some other high-ranking herald, who had confused a "bend" with a "bar" or had demanded fees to which he was not entitled. George Bernard Shaw quotes it in Pygmalion (1912) in the form, "The silly people dont [sic] know their own silly business."

Maule cannot be the original source of the quotation, as it is quoted nearly twenty years before his birth in Charles Jenner's The Placid Man: Or, The Memoirs of Sir Charles Beville (1770): "Sir Harry Clayton ... was perhaps far better qualified to have written a Peerage of England than Garter King at Arms, or Rouge Dragon, or any of those parti-coloured officers of the court of honor, who, as a great man complained on a late solemnity, are but too often so silly as not to know their own silly business." "Old Lord Pembroke" (Henry Herbert, 9th Earl of Pembroke) is said by Horace Walpole (in a letter of May 28, 1774 to the Rev. William Cole) to have directed the quip, "Thou silly fellow! Thou dost not know thy own silly business," at John Anstis, Garter King at Arms (though in his 1833 edition of Walpole's letters to Sir Horace Mann, George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover, attributes the saying to Lord Chesterfield in a footnote, in the form "You foolish man, you do not understand your own foolish business"). Edmund Burke also quotes it ("'Silly man, that dost not know thy own silly trade!' was once well said: but the trade here is not silly.") in a "Speech in the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, Esq." on May 7, 1789 (when Maule was just over a year old). Chesterfield or Pembroke fit best in point of time.

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„It's silly to try to escape other people's faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen

Hays translation
Quelle: Meditations (c. AD 121–180), Book VII, 71

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„In Genua, someone set out to make dreams come true. Remember some of your dreams?“

—  Terry Pratchett, buch Witches Abroad

Quelle: Witches Abroad

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