„In the end, I think the relationships that survive in this world are the ones where two people can finish each other's sentences. Forget drama and torrid sex and the clash of opposites. Give me banter any day of the week.“

—  Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!
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„I'm suddenly worried people will think that I believe their religion can be summed up on four sex-obsessed sentences.“

—  Ryan North Canadian webcomic writer and programmer 1980
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„That's how it is
One day two paintings were hanging,
Right opposite each other
Really colorful and beautiful the one
And the other simple and honest
* That simplicity and truth are the characteristics
of science and of art.
Well, people can not understand that.
It was to the tinsel that they gave their favor.“

—  Jozef Israëls Dutch painter 1824 - 1911
Quotes of Jozef Israels, 1871 - 1900, translation from the original Dutch: Fons Heijnsbroek version in original Dutch (kort gedicht van Jozef Israëls, in het Nederlands): Zoo is het Er hingen eens twee schilderijen, Juist vlak tegenover elkaar Regt kleurig en schitterend de eene En d'ander eenvoudig en waar ** Dat eenvoud en waarheid het kenmerk Van wetenschap is en van kunst Och, dat kan het volk niet begrijpen En [aan] 't klatergoud schonk het zijn gunst. A short poem of Israëls, written in his letter from The Hague, 13 Dec. 1876 to art-seller Pilgeram & Lefèvre in London; from collection of Fondation Custodia, Institut Neérlandais Paris, input no. 1971-A 506

„In the end, it is not about the piece of cloth. It is about the relationship with God, and I know I don’t want anybody judging me so I don’t think it is right for us to judge each other.“

—  Dawud Wharnsby Canadian musician 1972
Beating the drums of hope and faith (2004), Context: We spend so much time defending the Qur’an from attacks that it’s sexist, we rant and rave about how Islam gave rights to women over 1400 years ago, but our sisters are still not in position of leadership within our community. Our sisters are still praying next to the shoe-racks while the men have plush carpets beneath their lazy foreheads and our public women’s shelters are full of Muslim women fleeing from abusive husbands and dead-beat dads. The sad reality is that our community does display sexist attitudes to women. Writing a song about Hijab seemed pretty shallow to me in light of the other issues surrounding women that we Muslims are too self-righteous to face. … I began to see that some Muslim women look down on others for not covering, or that many Muslim men judge sisters who wear hijab differently from those who don’t. A sister shows up at the mosque one day without hijab and she is treated rudely; she shows up the next day with hijab and she is treated like a queen. Such a scenario is a blatant treatment of the woman as an object, no different than the judgements we see made in secular society of women’s appearances. In the end, it is not about the piece of cloth. It is about the relationship with God, and I know I don’t want anybody judging me so I don’t think it is right for us to judge each other. On various concerns about writing his song "The Veil", and reactions to it.

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„Sex is about the connection. Great sex is a by-product, for me, of a great relationship, where you have communication and it's an extension of that. Where it's just free. And that's how it should be. It's spectacular.“

—  Tom Cruise American actor and film producer 1962
Quoted in Nicole Lampert, "Cruise: Katie can use painkillers during birth" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=383118&in_page_id=1773, The Daily Mail (2006-04-15).

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„I think both sides [China and United States] should work hard to build a new type of relationship between big powers. The two sides should cooperate with each other for a win-win result in order to benefit people from the two countries and the world.“

—  Xi Jinping General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and paramount leader of China 1953
2010s, As quoted in "Xi, Obama vow to step up cooperation" http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20130608/104235.shtml in cctv.com English (8 June 2013).

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