„I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.“

—  Bram Stoker, livro Dracula
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escritor e contista irlandês, mais conhecido atualmente por… 1847 - 1912

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„I finished the thing; but I think I sprained my soul.“

—  Katherine Anne Porter American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist 1890 - 1980
On her novel Ship of Fools (1962) in McCall's magazine (August 1965)

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„I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918
Context: I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map. Letter to Paul Dukas (1901)

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„I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am.“

—  René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist 1596 - 1650

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„I am monarch of all I survey,
My right there is none to dispute;
From the center all round to the sea
I am lord of the fowl and the brute.“

—  William Cowper (1731–1800) English poet and hymnodist 1731 - 1800
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„The inner sensation which I have of myself informs me that I am, that I think, that I will, that I have sensory awareness, that I suffer, and so on; but it provides me with no knowledge whatever of what I am — of the nature of my thought, my sensations, my passions, or my pain — or the mutual relations that obtain between all these things … I have no idea whatever of my soul.“

—  Nicolas Malebranche philosopher 1638 - 1715
Context: I am unable, when I turn to myself, to recognize any of my faculties or my capacities. The inner sensation which I have of myself informs me that I am, that I think, that I will, that I have sensory awareness, that I suffer, and so on; but it provides me with no knowledge whatever of what I am — of the nature of my thought, my sensations, my passions, or my pain — or the mutual relations that obtain between all these things … I have no idea whatever of my soul. Dialogues on Metaphysics (1688) Dialogue III

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„I am Manuel, and I follow after my own thinking and my own desire.“

—  James Branch Cabell, livro Figures of Earth
Figures of Earth (1921), Context: I am Manuel, and I follow after my own thinking and my own desire. Of course it is very fine of me to be renouncing so much wealth and power for the sake of my wonderful dear Niafer: but she is worth the sacrifice, and, besides, she is witnessing all this magnanimity, and cannot well fail to be impressed. Miramon, in Ch. IV : In the Doubtful Palace

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„He feared neither God, nor devil, nor man, nor wind, nor sea, nor his own conscience. And I believe he hated everybody and everything. But I think he was afraid to die. I believe I am the only man who ever stood up to him.“

—  Joseph Conrad, livro The Shadow Line
The Shadow Line (1915), Referring to Mr. Burns. Compare to Heart of Darkness' manager: "He was becoming confidential now, but I fancy my unresponsive attitude must have exasperated him at last, for he judged it necessary to inform me he feared neither God nor devil, let alone any mere man. I said I could see that very well..."

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„I don't care tuppence for what they do in London in the art world. It doesn't matter to me. I don't think of it. All I am concerned with is doing my own thing in my own way.. as well as I can.“

—  L. S. Lowry British visual artist 1887 - 1976
Tynes Tees Television Interview 1968, Mister Lowry- interview Tyne Tees Television 1968 L. S. Lowry - A Biography by Shelley Rhode Lowry Press 1999 ISBN 9781902970011.

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„I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly.“

—  William James, livro As Variedades da Experiência Religiosa
1900s, The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902), Context: I am well aware of how anarchic much of what I say may sound. Expressing myself thus abstractly and briefly, I may seem to despair of the very notion of truth. But I beseech you to reserve your judgment until we see it applied to the details which lie before us. I do indeed disbelieve that we or any other mortal men can attain on a given day to absolutely incorrigible and unimprovable truth about such matters of fact as those with which religions deal. But I reject this dogmatic ideal not out of a perverse delight in intellectual instability. I am no lover of disorder and doubt as such. Rather do I fear to lose truth by this pretension to possess it already wholly. Lectures XIV and XV, "The Value of Saintliness"

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„I fear that I am losing my mind. But really, it would not be such a precious thing to lose, as it only causes me pain.“

—  L.A. Meyer, The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea

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