— Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish physician and author 1859 - 1930
„he's a genius, she's a genius, wow, you know alot of geniuses, you should meet some stupid people sometime, you might learn something“
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
„The key to maximizing talents is to put yourself into the zone of stimulation that’s right for you.“
— Susan Cain self-help writer 1968
"An introverted call to action: Susan Cain at TED2012," TED, February 28, 2012.
„Propaganda is not French, it is not civilized to want other people to believe what you believe because the essence of being civilised is to possess yourself as you are, and if you possess yourself as you are you of course cannot possess any one else, it is not your business.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
„You may have power, position, but at the end of it — what? Please, this is a serious question that you must ask yourself. Another cannot answer this question for you.“
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
Context: Are we wasting our lives? By that word “wasting” we mean dissipating our energy in various ways, dissipating it in specialized professions. Are we wasting our whole existence, our life? If you are rich, you may say, “Yes, I have accumulated a lot of money, it has been a great pleasure.” Or if you have a certain talent, that talent is a danger to a religious life. Talent is a gift, a faculty, an aptitude in a particular direction, which is specialization. Specialization is a fragmentary process. So you must ask yourself whether you are wasting your life. You may be rich, you may have all kinds of faculties, you may be a specialist, a great scientist or a businessman, but at the end of your life has all that been a waste? All the travail, all the sorrow, all the tremendous anxiety, insecurity, the foolish illusions that man has collected, all his gods, all his saints and so on — have all that been a waste? You may have power, position, but at the end of it — what? Please, this is a serious question that you must ask yourself. Another cannot answer this question for you. p. 63
„You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.“
— Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936
„“You exist: without name, without form. You cannot see the light of day; you cannot see the dark. You sold the green earth and the sun and stars to save yourself. But you have no self. All that which you sold, that is yourself. You have given everything for nothing. And so now you seek to draw the world to you, all that light and life you lost, to fill up your nothingness. But it cannot be filled. Not all the songs of earth, not all the stars of heaven, could fill your emptiness.”“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Chapter 12, "The Dry Land"
„You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.“
— Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
— Theodor W. Adorno German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society 1903 - 1969
„Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.“
— Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994
Time Magazine (27 March 1964).