— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
„Of all human activities, writing is the one for which it is easiest to find excuses not to begin – the desk's too big, the desk's too small, there's too much noise, there's too much quiet, it's too hot, it's too cold, too early, too late. I had learned over the years to ignore them all and simply to start.“
— Robert Harris novelist 1957
The Ghost (2007), Ch. 9.
„The great crime of our time, says Vonnegut, was to do too much good secretly, too much harm openly.“
— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
The Greening of America (1970), Chapter IV : Consciousness II, p. 78
— Og Mandino American author 1923 - 1996
The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968), Context: I will commit not the terrible crime of aiming too low. I will do the work that a failure will not do. I will always let my reach exceed my grasp. Ch. 15 : The Scroll Marked VIII, p. 91.
„Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.“
— Ovid Roman poet -43 - 17 a.C.
Epistulae ex Ponto (Letters From the Black Sea), Adde quod ingenuas didicisse fideliter artes emollit mores nec sinit esse feros. II, ix, 47
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
Of Human Bondage (1915), Ch. 51
— John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Translations, The Aeneid of Virgil (1866), Book II, p. 39
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Showboat World (1975), Chapter 12 (p. 132)
„Is it, in Heav'n, a crime to love too well?
To bear too tender, or too firm a heart,
To act a lover's or a Roman's part?
Is there no bright reversion in the sky,
For those who greatly think, or bravely die?“
— Alexander Pope eighteenth century English poet 1688 - 1744
Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Line 6.
— Michael Crichton American author, screenwriter, film producer 1942 - 2008
State of Fear (2004)