„Why do all your brilliant ideas involve felonies?“


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„I'm a female. Why would I give all the best ideas to a male?“

—  Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Context: Wrinkle, when it was finally published in 1962, after two years of rejections, broke several current taboos. The protagonist was female, and one of the unwritten rules of science fiction was that the protagonist should be male. I'm a female. Why would I give all the best ideas to a male? Another assumption was that science and fantasy don't mix. Why not? We live in a fantastic universe, and subatomic particles and quantum mechanics are even more fantastic than the macrocosm. Often the only way to look clearly at this extraordinary universe is through fantasy, fairy tale, myth. During the fifties Erich Fromm published a book called The Forgotten Language, in which he said that the only universal language which breaks across barriers of race, culture, time, is the language of fairy tale, fantasy, myth, parable, and that is why the same stories have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Someone said, "It's all been done before." Yes, I agreed, but we all have to say it in our own voice.

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„Do not worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you will to ram them down people´s throats.“

—  Howard H. Aiken pioneer in computing, original conceptual designer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer 1900 - 1973

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„I do not see why so much importance should be attached to the idea of 'research' in painting.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
Quote in "Picasso", Hans L. C. Jaffe, Thames and Hudson Ltd


„Yes! Brilliant save from Solo, brilliant save!“

—  Ian Darke British association football and boxing commentator 1950
Context: Daiane, whose own goal started all the talking points today after seventy-four seconds. Seems a long, long time ago now. It was into this goal, now Brazil need her to put one in legitimately for them. Yes! Brilliant save from Solo, brilliant save! And that one is legal, and now that means, that if the United States put in the last two penalties, they will go into the semi-finals. That is a moment of magic from Hope Solo! Brazil v. United States http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=r1PlC9mj-N0 (10 July 2011).

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„If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron“

—  Spider Robinson Canadian author 1948
Context: "God is an iron," I said. "Did you know that?" I turned to look at her and she was staring. She laughed experimentally, stopped when I failed to join in. "And I'm a pair of pants with a hole scorched through the ass?" "If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron. Or else He's the dumbest designer that ever lived."

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„If someone else doesn't like your confidence, that's their problem.
Why? You always come before they do, that's why.“

—  Sherry Argov, Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship