„The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.“
— Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
„I speak and speak,... but the listener retains only the words he is expecting.... It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.“
— Marco Polo Venetian explorer and merchant noted for travel to central and eastern Asia 1254 - 1324
Marco Polo to Kublai Khan, in Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1974), ch. 9
„If you intend to create something that people will observe and listen to, you've got to listen to them first.“
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
„If you see a man dedicated to his stomach, crawling on the ground, you see a plant and not a man; or if you see a man bedazzled by the empty forms of the imagination, as by the wiles of Calypso, and through their alluring solicitations made a slave to his own senses, you see a brute and not a man. If, however, you see a philosopher, judging and distinguishing all things according to the rule of reason, him shall you hold in veneration, for he is a creature of heaven and not of earth; if, finally, a pure contemplator, unmindful of the body, wholly withdrawn into the inner chambers of the mind, here indeed is neither a creature of earth nor a heavenly creature, but some higher divinity, clothed in human flesh.“
— Giovanni Pico della Mirandola humanist and philosopher from Italy 1463 - 1494
8. 40-42; translation by A. Robert Caponigri
— Jack Welch American executive: General Electric CEO 1935
„The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife, -- this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost... He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American...“
— W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk & Era of Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945 & Movements of the New Left 1950-1975
„For history, I say again, has this and this only for its own: if a man will start upon it, he must sacrifice to no God but Truth; he must neglect all else; his sole rule and unerring guide is this – to think not of those who are listening to him now, but of the yet unborn who shall seek his converse.“
— Lucian ancient Greek writer 120
Sect. 39; vol. 2, pp. 128-9; H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (trans.) The Works of Lucian of Samosata.
„I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
But above all this, I wish you love.“
— Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946
I Will Always Love You from the album Jolene
„The mind serves best when it's anchored in the Word of God. There is no danger then of becoming an intellectual without integrity...“
— Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
„Reading activates and exercises the mind.
Reading forces the mind to discriminate. From the beginning, readers have to recognize letters printed on the page, make them into words, the words into sentences, and the sentences into concepts.
Reading pushes us to use our imagination and makes us more creatively inclined.“
— Ben Carson, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence
— Matt Groening American cartoonist 1954