— Yevgeny Zamyatin Russian author 1884 - 1937
On Literature, Revolution, Entropy and Other Matters (1923)
Contexto: A literature that is alive does not live by yesterday's clock, nor by today's but by tomorrow's. It is a sailor sent aloft: from the masthead he can see foundering ships, icebergs, and maelstroms still invisible from the deck. He can be dragged down from the mast and put to tending the boilers or working the capstan, but that will not change anything: the mast will remain, and the next man on the masthead will see what the first has seen.
In a storm, you must have a man aloft. We are in the midst of storm today, and SOS signals come from every side.
„Maybe the true purpose of my life is for my body, my sensations and my thoughts to become writing, in other words, something intelligible and universal, causing my existence to merge into the lives and heads of other people.“
— Annie Ernaux French writer 1940
„Literature does not reflect life, but it doesn't escape or withdraw from life either: it swallows it.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
"Quotes", The Educated Imagination (1963), Talk 3: Giants in Time
„The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.“
— Italo Calvino Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels 1923 - 1985
— Billy Corgan American musician, songwriter, producer, and author 1967
Smashing Pumpkins (1996)
„For intelligent people, action often means escape from thought, but it is a reasonable and a wise escape.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Happiness
„Philosophy is the microscope of thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it.“
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
„To exist means to be something, a thing, a feeling, a thought, an idea. All existence is particular. Only being is universal, in the sense that every being is compatible with every other being. Existences clash, being – never. Existence means becoming, change, birth and death, and birth again, while in being there is silent peace.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Fonte: "I am That." P.62-3.
„Economics, we learn in the history of thought, only became a science by escaping from the casuistry and moralizing of medieval thought.“
— Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
Fonte: 1970s, Economics As a Science, 1970, p. 117
— Tarik Gunersel Turkish actor 1953
Oluşmak (To Become) Aphorisms (Pan Publishing House, Istanbul, 2011)
„Behold the Living-One while you are alive, lest you die and seek to perceive him and be unable to see.“
— Thomas the Apostle Apostle of Jesus Christ
Gospel of Thomas (c. 50? — c. 140?)
— Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961
From a speech entitled Come September http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/politics/comeSeptember.pdf.
Fonte: The Cost of Living
„Watch your thoughts; They become words. Watch your words; They become actions. Watch your actions; They become habits. Watch your habits; They become character. Watch your character; It becomes your destiny.“
— Laozi semi-legendary Chinese figure, attributed to the 6th century, regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of… -604
„To have access to literature, world literature, was to escape the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory provincialism, of inane schooling, of imperfect destinies and bad luck.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Frankfurt Book Fair speech (2003)
Contexto: To have access to literature, world literature, was to escape the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory provincialism, of inane schooling, of imperfect destinies and bad luck. Literature was the passport to enter a larger life; that is, the zone of freedom.
Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom.
„When you stop just existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with wonder and synchronicity.“
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Fonte: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 124
„These weren't cheap modern books; these were books bound in leather, and not just leather, but leather from clever cows who had given their lives for literature after a happy existence in the very best pastures.“
— Terry Pratchett, livro I Shall Wear Midnight
Fonte: I Shall Wear Midnight