„Get up, go and be like him as much as one alive can be like the dead—without dying. Conceive him, yet be your death, too, almost. Like him be now, but only till the shadow of his end falls on the shadow of your being.“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
This has become attributed to both Walt Whitman and Helen Keller, but has not been found in either of their published works, and variations of the quote are listed as a proverb commonly used in both the US and Canada in A Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992), edited by Wolfgang Mieder, Kelsie B. Harder and Stewart A. Kingsbury.
— Billy Graham, The Heaven Answer Book
— Tim Burton American filmmaker 1958
„How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours?“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
„A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting... Thus a man of knowledge sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like an ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under his control.“
— Carlos Castaneda Peruvian-American author 1925 - 1998
Carlos Castaneda (1971) Separate Reality: Conversations With Don Juan. p. 85; As cited in: Eugene Dupuis (2001) Time Shift: Managing Time to Create a Life You Love. Ch. 5: Self Management
„Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.“
— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
Ch. 4, p. 90
— Ray Charles American musician 1930 - 2004
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk (2007) by Larry Chang and Roderick Terry, p. 365
„when your down on your luck and you've lost all your dreams theres nothing like a campfire and a can of beans“
— Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949
„I can’t win. Love is Russian roulette for me. No one loves the real me inside. they're all in love with my fame, my stardom.
I fall in love far too quickly and end up getting hurt all the time. I've got scars all over. But I can't help myself because basically I'm a softie I have this hard, macho shell — which I project on stage but there's a much softer side. too, which melts like butter.“
— Freddie Mercury British singer, songwriter and record producer 1946 - 1991
"Rock On Freddie" (1985).