— Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Union Army general and Medal of Honor recipient 1828 - 1914
His official report on the Battle of Little Round Top, as published in the U.S. Congressional Record
Kontext: The enemy seemed to have gathered all their energies for their final assault. We had gotten our thin line into as good a shape as possible, when a strong force emerged from the scrub wood in the valley, as well as I could judge, in two lines in echelon by the right, and, opening a heavy fire, the first line came on as if they meant to sweep everything before them. We opened on them as well as we could with our scanty ammunition snatched from the field.
It did not seem possible to withstand another shock like this now coming on. Our loss had been severe. One-half of my left wing had fallen, and a third of my regiment lay just behind us, dead or badly wounded. At this moment my anxietv was increased by a great roar of musketry in my rear, on the farther or northerly slope of Little Round Top, apparently on the flank of the regular brigade, which was in support of Hazlett's battery on the crest behind us. The bullets from this attack struck into my left rear, and I feared that the enemy might have nearly surrounded the Little Round Top, and only a desperate chance was left for us. My ammunition was soon exhausted. My men were firing their last shot and getting ready to "club" their muskets.
It was imperative to strike before we were struck by this overwhelming force in a hand-to-hand fight, which we could not probably have withstood or survived. At that crisis, I ordered the bayonet. The word was enough. It ran like fire along the line, from man to man; and rose into a shout, with which they sprang forward upon the enemy, now not 30 yards away. The effect was surprising; many of the enemy's first line threw down their arms and surrendered. An officer fired his pistol at my head with one hand, while he handed me his sword with the other. Holding fast by our right, and swinging forward our left, we made an extended " right wheel," before which the enemy's second line broke and fell back, fighting from tree to tree, many being captured, until we had swept the valley and cleared the front of nearly our entire brigade.
— Rick Riordan, buch The Blood of Olympus
Quelle: The Blood of Olympus
— Diana Wynne Jones, buch Fire and Hemlock
Quelle: Fire and Hemlock (1985), p. 29.
— Francine Prose American writer 1947
Quelle: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
— Peter Jennings News anchor 1938 - 2005
Response to question on what it feels like to have been the ABC News Anchorman for 20 years.
Larry King Interview (8 September 2003)
Kontext: Seems like yesterday; seems like forever—all at the same time. It's sort of, how do you measure it? Do you measure the fact that I'm 20 years older? No. I think I measure it by the events. You know, I came just as the Cold War was coming to an end. When you think about the events that we've been through, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to, I guess you'd say, 9/11 being the culmination at the end of that — of that scope — what extraordinary changes there have been.
— Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958
01 Aug 90
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
Quelle: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
— Alastair Reynolds, buch Pushing Ice
Quelle: Pushing Ice (2005), Chapter 13 (p. 216)
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
Part I, section 1.
Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847)
„You have to distinguish between things that seemed odd when they were new but are now quite familiar, such as Ibsen and Wagner, and things that seemed crazy when they were new and seem crazy now, like 'Finnegans Wake' and Picasso.“
— Philip Larkin English poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian 1922 - 1985
„He marvelled again at the effect of projection: how hostile Henry had seemed to him when Patrick was hostile towards everyone; how considerate he seemed now that Patrick had no argument with him. What would it be like to stop projecting? Was it possible at all?“
— Edward St. Aubyn British writer 1960
At Last, Chapter 2
— John Scalzi, buch The Ghost Brigades
Quelle: The Ghost Brigades (2006), Chapter 13 (p. 288)
„Suddenly, I don’t know how to explain it, the chess pieces seemed to come alive for me. It was like I could now see the chess pieces moving on the board on their own. I started beating everybody. I, the slowest of the slow, had now gone something like a hundred games without losing. I could do no wrong. It was magical how the pieces spoke to me, showing me where to move.“
— Victor Villaseñor American writer 1940
Crazy Loco Love: A Memoir (2008)
— Anne Louise Germaine de Staël Swiss author 1766 - 1817
Reflections on Suicide (Réflexions sur le suicide, 1813), Section 1
— Ben Gibbard American singer, songwriter and guitarist 1976
Someday You Will Be Loved
— Brandon Boyd American rock singer, writer and visual artist 1976
Lyrics, Make Yourself (1999)
„It may seem like hindsight now, but I just knew that Doctor Who was going to be an enormous success. Don't ask me how. Not everybody thought as I did. I was universally scoffed at for my initial faith in the series, but I believed in it. It was magical.“
— William Hartnell English actor 1908 - 1975
I Felt Like the Pied Piper
— Rebecca West British feminist and author 1892 - 1983
Quelle: The Book Of Military Quotations