— Mark Tobey American abstract expressionist painter 1890 - 1976
1950's, Quote from Tobey's letter to the cubist painter Feininger, 1955
— Mark Tobey American abstract expressionist painter 1890 - 1976
„Be. If I could be Jesus for just a day and have it my way, if I
Could be perfect, like the light — Jesus for a night and have
It my way — if I could be Atop my mountain a phenomenon — when I walk on water I am
Complete, at peace and I'd make it so you'd be just like me.“
— Macy Gray American singer-songwriter and actress 1967
The Trouble with Being Myself (2003), "Jesus For A Day" (co-written with Jeremy Ruzumna, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila)
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
„They got a building down New York City, it's called Whitehall Street, where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning.“
— Arlo Guthrie American folk singer 1947
Alice's Restaurant Massacree
„I stood stonelike at midnight, suspended in my masquerade.
I combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade.
I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch.
I strolled all alone through a fallout zone and came out with my soul untouched.“
— Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter 1949
Song lyrics, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973), "Growin' Up"
„I've thought upon thy brow when Night
Threw o'er my pallet her summer moonlight,
And I have looked on the midnight sky
To catch the depth and light of thy eye;
I painted from these and from memory,
For I could not paint when I looked on thee.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The London Literary Gazette, 1824, 28th April 1824) Raphael Showing his Mistress her Portrait By Mr. Brockedon. (British Gallery.
„[Karel Appel called out to 'his Night':] You, Beauty! And since I have to account for a body, I have handed this torture over to the executioner“
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
CF,28; p. 219
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Poem without a Hero (1963), Context: I have lit my treasured candles, one by one, to hallow this night. With you, who do not come, I wait the birth of the year. Dear God! the flame has drowned in crystal, and the wine, like poison, burns Old malice bites the air, old ravings rave again, though the hour has not yet struck.
„I have fixed my eyes on the spaces that heaven’s light illuminates, that I may not lay too heavy a strain on the indulgence with which you have accompanied me over the dreary and heartbreaking course by which men have passed to freedom; and because the light that has guided us is still unquenched, and the causes that have carried us so far in the van of free nations have not spent their power; because the story of the future is written in the past, and that which hath been is the same thing that shall be.“
— John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton British politician and historian 1834 - 1902
The History of Freedom in Christianity (1877)
„For more than four years it has been my honor and my privilege to serve as the leader of the greatest police department in the world. This organization is made up of police officers, detectives and leaders who every day and every night go out and earn the title New York's Finest, and to have the opportunity to lead them and serve the people of New York City is something I have cherished and will always look back on with pride.“
— Howard Safir 1941
A statement by Safir in a press release announcing his resignation as New York City Police Commissioner. [Archives of the Mayor's Press Office, http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2000b/pr307-00.html, Release #307-00 - MAYOR GIULIANI AND POLICE COMMISSIONER SAFIR ANNOUNCE THAT SAFIR IS LEAVING THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, The City of New York, 2000-08-09, 2007-12-20]
„Among the rain
I saw the figure 5
on a red
to gong clangs
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.“
— William Carlos Williams, livro Sour Grapes
Sour Grapes (1921), "The Great Figure"
think that the
world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just
rain, rain and cats, very nice, good
— Charles Bukowski, livro Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories
„I have been all men known to history,
Wondering at the world and at time passing;
I have seen evil, and the light blessing
Innocent love under a spring sky.“
— R.S. Thomas Welsh poet 1913 - 2000
Song at the Year's Turning (1955), "Taliesin 1952"
„I have descended to the depths of suffering, and it seems to me that after that one cannot help being raised up. But I have spent the last three nights weeping. Pity! Pity! Remembrance is the true imperishable life... I should like to live my life over again, to record it, to admit my weaknesses; no, this is useless; I have sinned, I have suffered, I have atoned for it. I could write only a bad novel by relating what has been related a thousand times.“
— Berthe Morisot painter from France 1841 - 1895
1881 - 1895, Quote from Berthe's Morisot's letter, 1887 - after the death of her husband Eugène Manet
„I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
1930s, Mein Weltbild (My World-view) (1931), Context: I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible. Variant translation: I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine. The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. The ordinary objects of human endeavor — property, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible.