— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month.“
— Theodore von Kármán Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer and physicist 1881 - 1963
November 1957 - Told to Joseph G. Martin, then Aide-de-Camp to Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Hooks, as Lt. Martin escorted Dr. von Kármán from New York City to lead a secret symposium on space flight in Cloudcroft, NM. Sputnik had been launched a month before and every branch of the US military had a separate space program and were desperately trying to get off a successful launch.
The Life and Times of Joe Gordon (To the Best of My Recollection) by Joseph G. Martin (self published, 2007)
— Fred Brooks American computer scientist 1931
Page 17, cf. Theodore von Kármán (1957): "Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month."
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering (1975, 1995)
„They fell upon an ungenial climate, where there were nine months of winter and three months of cold weather, and that called out the best energies of the men, and of the women too, to get a mere subsistence out of the soil, with such a climate. In their efforts to do that they cultivated industry and frugality at the same time — which is the real foundation of the greatness of the Pilgrims.“
— Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
On the Pilgrims, in a speech at a New England Society Dinner (22 December 1880).
„My timing is off. But I had to get it out. Some things you have to tell, no matter how stupid they may sound. Some things you can't save for later. There might not be a later.“
— Mary E. Pearson, livro The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Fonte: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
„Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can’t think of it.“
— Arthur C. Clarke, livro The Fountains of Paradise
Fonte: The Fountains of Paradise (1979), Chapter 10 “The Ultimate Bridge” (p. 52)
„For a writer, talent is everything. Lots of people make a career out of writing, producing many works and knowing exactly what it takes to become a great writer. But they never break into the big time, because they lack one thing: talent, or a sufficient amount of it.“
— Mo Yan, livro The Republic of Wine
Fonte: The Republic of Wine (1992), Chapter Four, Section 3
„When all of your friends are getting pregnant, you start thinking about it. But for Amy and I, show business is our baby.“
— Will Arnett Canadian actor 1970
"The Wit & Wisdom of Will Arnett," Playboy Magazine (March 29, 2007) http://blutharnett.blogspot.com/search/label/Playboy%20Magazine
„Oh, baby, that's hard to change,
I can't tell them how to feel,
Some get stoned, some get strange,
But sooner or later, it all gets real.
— Neil Young Canadian singer-songwriter 1945
Song lyrics, On the Beach (1974)
„People can do great things. However, there are some things they just CAN'T do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort.“
— Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Fonte: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
„Think of a frog as a functional machine designed to produce baby frogs. This is the Darwinian view, and is really what evolution is all about. In order to succeed, the frog has to stay alive long enough to grow up and get pregnant or get some female frog pregnant. That means it has to do two things. It has to eat. And it has to avoid being eaten.“
— Frederik Pohl, livro Man Plus
Fonte: Man Plus (1976), Chapter 5, “Monster Becoming Mortal Again” (p. 50)
„There is no wasted effort. There is no wasted effort. It will all add to the path. It will all add to the journey. Somehow. You just can't even imagine how it will. But you just need to do things fully to the best of your ability. And you go towards the thing that you love. What you love to do.“
— Jennifer Beals American actress and a former teen model 1963
Interview at Chatelaine.com (February 2011) http://www.chatelaine.com/en/videos/26327--interview-with-jennifer-beals/.
— Amy Bloom Fiction writer, screenwriter, social worker, psychotherapist 1953
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
„There's alot of things I want, a lot of things that I'd like to be.
But girl, I don't foresee a rags-to-riches story for me.
There's just one little dream I've got to come true;
There's just one round I've gotta win,
I can't be a loser with you.
Baby, baby, once in my life, let me get what I want,
Girl, don't let me down!
Just once in my life, let me hold on to one good thing I found!“
— Carole King Nasa 1942
Just Once in My Life (1965), co-written with Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector, first recorded by The Righteous Brothers
Song lyrics, Singles
„I found that being pregnant was different from how I thought it would be…It shares a lot in common with writing in a way. You have an imaginary version of yourself pregnant, and an imaginary baby, an imaginary idea of yourself as a mother…“
— Jackie Kay Poet and novelist 1961
On correlating motherhood with writing in “Jackie Kay: Interview” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7800799/Jackie-Kay-Interview.html in The Telegraph (2010 Jun 5)
„But it's not just the ratty part of town. The upper class in San Francisco is that way. The Bohemian Grove, which I attend from time to time — it is the most faggy goddamned thing you could ever imagine, with that San Francisco crowd. I can't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco. Decorators. They got to do something. But we don't have to glorify it. You know one of the reasons fashions have made women look so terrible is because the goddamned designers hate women. Designers taking it out on the women. Now they're trying to get some more sexy things coming on again.“
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
Tapes from 1971 as presented in "All the Philosopher King's Men" by James Warren in Harper's Magazine (February 2000)</small>
1970s, Tape transcripts (1971)
„In short, the important thing is to get started. No matter how; then there will be time to ask yourself where you are going.“
— Alain French philosopher 1868 - 1951
Alain On Happiness (1928)
— Diana Palmer American romance novelist 1946