„You insist on the example [of the death penalty]. Why? For what it teaches. What do you want to teach with your example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach thou shalt not kill? By killing.“
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
"Plaidoyer contre la peine de mort" http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Plaidoyer_contre_la_peine_de_mort_-_Victor_Hugo [An argument against the death penalty], Assemblée Constituante, Paris (15 September 1848)
„I give you my revised list of the two commandments: "Thou shalt always be honest and faithful to the provider of thy nookie", and "thou shalt try real hard not to kill anyone, unless of course they pray to a different invisible man than the one you pray to". Two is all you need; Moses could have carried them down the hill in his fuckin' pocket, and I wouldn't mind those folks in Alabama posting them on the courthouse wall, as long as they provided one additional commandment: "Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself".“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
"The Ten Commandments"
„If I were to start as a God or a prophet I think I should take the line: "Thou shalt not believe in me. Thou shalt not have me for a God.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Context: It is the manner of gods and prophets to begin: "Thou shalt have none other God or Prophet but me." If I were to start as a God or a prophet I think I should take the line: "Thou shalt not believe in me. Thou shalt not have me for a God. Thou shalt worship any d_____d thing thou likest except me." This should be my first and great commandment, and my second should be like unto it. Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1912) self censored "d_____d" in original publication
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
— Dante Gabriel Rossetti English poet, illustrator, painter and translator 1828 - 1882
Context: Think thou and act; to-morrow thou shalt die Outstretch'd in the sun's warmth upon the shore, Thou say'st: "Man's measur'd path is all gone o'er: Up all his years, steeply, with strain and sigh, Man clomb until he touch'd the truth; and I, Even I, am he whom it was destin'd for." How should this be? Art thou then so much more Than they who sow'd, that thou shouldst reap thereby?
„My advice is to get a good agent and a good tax accountant if you ever make any money, and remember, you can't eat fame. And you can't write unless you want to write, and you can't want to unless you feel like it.“
— William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer 1914 - 1997
"A Word to the Wise Guy"
„Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.“
— Paul of Tarsus Early Christian apostle and missionary 5 - 67
Letter to the Romans 13:8
„Remember that you don't write a story because you have an idea but because you have a believable character.“
— Flannery O’Connor American novelist, short story writer 1925 - 1964
„Read a work on the "Evidences of Christianity," and it may become highly probable that Christianity, etc., are true. This is an opinion. Feel God. Do His will, till the Absolute Imperative within you speaks as with a living voice, " Thou shalt, and thou shalt not;" and then you do not think, you know that there is a God.“
— Frederick William Robertson British writer and theologian 1816 - 1853
— Billy Wilder American filmmaker 1906 - 2002
Context: I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut. As quoted in The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners (2004) by Geoff Tibballs, p. 206
„There have been plenty of times when I've been a total dick like everybody else, you know, I mean I wanted to be a little rock'n'roller, and I was, and it was great. I had a to-do list of like "Thou shalt wear sunglasses indoors at all times." Done. "Thou shalt take drugs and have a great time." Done. "Thou shalt crash a big car into a wall." Done.“
— Johnny Marr musician 1963
from " Johnny Marr - The British Masters - Chapter 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIHbCjop4aw", Noisey (2013).
„If thou wilt use these Words aright, and art in good Earnest, thou shalt certainly find the Benefit thereof.“
— Jakob Böhme German Christian mystic and theologian 1575 - 1624
Context: If thou wilt use these Words aright, and art in good Earnest, thou shalt certainly find the Benefit thereof. But I desire thou mayest be warned, if thou art not in Earnest, not to meddle with the dear Names of God, in and by which the most High Holiness is invoked, moved, and powerfully desired, lest they kindle the Anger of God in thy Soul. For we must not abuse the Holy Names of God. This little Book is only for those that would fain repent, and are in a Desire to begin. Such will find what Manner of Words therein, and whence they are born. Be you herewith commended to the Eternal Goodness and Mercy of God. Preface