— Newt Gingrich Professor, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1943
1990s, 1995-10-09 The Politics of Perception Connie Bruck The New Yorker 0028-792X 71 31 51 paragraph 1 http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1995/10/09/1995_10_09_050_TNY_CARDS_000374071
„I yield to authority. I think the practice of the Court of Chancery for more than one hundred years, and the authority of Judges of very great eminence, establish such a course of practice and such a chain of authority, that I do not think I am at liberty to assume that either the Court or those very learned Judges were in error as to their powers and jurisdiction.“
— Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury British politician 1823 - 1921
Attorney-General v. Marquess of Ailesbury (1887), L. J. (N. S.) 57 Q. B. 89.
— Stephen King American author 1947
Context: I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me. As quoted in an edition of I Am Legend (1995)
„I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I can’t possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.“
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
The Expanding Universe (1963), Context: I heard a famous author say once that the hardest part of writing a book was making yourself sit down at the typewriter. I know what he meant. Unless a writer works constantly to improve and refine the tools of his trade they will be useless instruments if and when the moment of inspiration, of revelation, does come. This is the moment when a writer is spoken through, the moment that a writer must accept with gratitude and humility, and then attempt, as best he can, to communicate to others. A writer of fantasy, fairly tale, or myth must inevitably discover that he is not writing out of his own knowledge or experience, but out of something both deeper and wider. I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I can’t possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant. Very few children have any problem with the world of the imagination; it’s their own world, the world of their daily life, and it’s our loss that so many of us grow out of it.
— Vladimir Nabokov, livro Strong Opinions
Strong Opinions (1973), "Foreword", p. 3.
„Some people say I'm a no count, others say I'm no good
But I'm just a natural born travelin' man
Doin' what I think I should, oh yeah
Doin' what I think I should.“
— Hoyt Axton American country singer 1938 - 1999
Greenback Dollar (1963) · Axton performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xodd6e8s_tI
„I was one who supported giving President Bush the authority, if necessary, to use force against Saddam Hussein. I believe that that was the right vote. I have had many disputes and disagreements with the administration over how that authority has been used, but I stand by the vote to provide the authority because I think it was a necessary step in order to maximize the outcome that did occur in the Security Council with the unanimous vote to send in inspectors.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Senate years (2001 – January 19, 2007), Council on Foreign Relations (15 December 2003) http://www.cfr.org/publication.html?id=6600 ( video http://www.ablogistan.com/archives/2008/01/people_died_cli.html)
„And I think, in the end, that is the best definition of journalism I have heard; to challenge authority - all authority - especially so when governments and politicians take us to war, when they have decided that they will kill and others will die.“
— Robert Fisk English writer and journalist 1946
The Great War for Civilization (2005), Preface (page XXIII)
„I don't believe authors need to keep any specific values or ideas in mind while they are writing for children, but I do think authors need to be aware of their audience, and of the effect their work may have.“
— Garth Nix Australian fantasy writer 1963
Context: I don't believe authors need to keep any specific values or ideas in mind while they are writing for children, but I do think authors need to be aware of their audience, and of the effect their work may have. So if they want to address particularly sensitive topics or taboos, they have to do so consciously and carefully. This is very different to toeing a particular moral line or leaving things out. Certainly I don't think good always has to triumph over evil; it depends on the story and the aims of the book. For example, I could envisage telling a story where the inaction of people leads to the triumph of evil. But I would include the hope that this would lead to the people involved doing better next time. Is that story then really about the triumph of evil, or is it about the awakening of opposition to evil? As quoted in "A conversation with Garth Nix" by Claire E. White at Writers Write (July-August 2000) http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jul00/nix.htm
„May it please our great Author that I may demonstrate the nature of man and his customs, in the way I describe his figure.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
XXI Letters. Personal Records. Dated Notes.
„I'm against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
— Joan Didion American writer 1934
„Regulations of the Navy provide that medical officers shall exercise no military authority. If I give you a flag, the line officers will think I have gone crazy.“
— David Dixon Porter United States Navy admiral 1813 - 1891
1880s, Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War (1885), pp. 202– 203
„When I hear artists or authors making fun of business men, I think of a regiment in which the band makes fun of the cooks.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Misattributed, Reported in various works including Eugene C. Gerhart, Quote It Completely!: World Reference Guide to More Than 5,500 Memorable Quotes from Law and Literature (1998), p. 113, which cites the quote to MENCKEN, HL, A New Dictionary of Quotations, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957, p. 134. However, the authorship of the quote does not lie with any work original to Mencken, and was previously reported as an anonymous quote.