„I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22.
Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.
You don't know about me but I bet you want to.
Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're 22, 22.“
— Taylor Swift American singer-songwriter 1989
22, written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin, and Shellback.
— Madeleine L'Engle American writer 1918 - 2007
Context: I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there were wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn't get along together, and what made people tick. That's why I started to write stories.
„I have so much to say to you. I want to begin at the beginning, because that is what you deserve. I want to tell you everything, without leaving out a single detail. But where is the beginning? And what is everything?“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„I know that you have nothing. That is why I ask you for everything. So that you will have everything.“
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1886 - 1968
— Jim Steinman American musician 1947
Context: I know just how to fake it And I know just how to scheme I know just when to face the truth And then I know just when to dream. And I know just where to touch you And I know just what to prove I know when to pull you closer And I know when to let you loose. And I know the night is fading And I know the time's gonna fly And I'm never gonna tell you everything I gotta tell you But I know I've got to give it a try. And I know the roads to riches And I know the ways to fame I know all the rules and then I know how to break'em And then I always know the name of the game But I don't know how to leave you And I'll never let you fall And I don't know how you do it Making love out of nothing at all.
— Kathy Acker American novelist, playwright, essayist, and poet 1947 - 1997
— Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935
Chapter 30 (p. 398)
— William Saroyan, My Heart's in the Highlands
„You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.“
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life