— Black Elk Oglala Lakota leader 1863 - 1950
Context: I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream. And I, to whom so great a vision was given in my youth, — you see me now a pitiful old man who has done nothing, for the nation's hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead. Speaking of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
— Greta Gaines
Context: I am waking from a dream, I am choking on a scream, You were trying to show me something. But the dark is wide and long, The gates are closed, the crowd's all gone, You're still shimmering and leading me on… Firefly that's what you are Burning for me in my darkest hour "Light breaks where no sun shines" So shine for me tonight — firefly. "Firefly" on Greta Gaines (1999) http://www.allmusic.com/album/greta-gaines-mw0000068041; the phrase in quotes is a line from a poem of Dylan Thomas. · Full song at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIEA4mjwRik&spfreload=10 · Live Performance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbr63vyH-58
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
IX. 413 (tr. Robert Fagles); spoken by Achilles.
— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
Ch. 3: Seraphita - Seraphitus.
„When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.“
— Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
— Edward Gorey American writer, artist, and illustrator 1925 - 2000
„In the land of a thousand dances,
I dance with you.
I was out I was taking my chances
When dreams came true
When you came into my dream
Like from a whisper to a scream.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
„From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
"The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/707.html,complete poem
„For a while I was suicidal and I tried to kill myself. I think I should have died about four times.“
— Jack Osbourne Son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 1985
MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
„I am sore wounded but not slain
I will lay me down and bleed a while
And then rise up to fight again“
— John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700