„One day Bird had approached his father with this question; he was six years old: Father, where was I a hundred years before I was born? Where will I be a hundred years after I die? Father, what will happen to me when I die? Without a word, his young father had punched him in the mouth, broke two of his teeth and bloodied his face, and Bird forgot the fear of death.“
— Kenzaburō Ōe, livro A Personal Matter
A Personal Matter (1964)
„While the sale of daughters was practiced in England for seven hundred years after the introduction of Christianity, we note that by the ancient law of India, a father was forbidden to sell his daughter in marriage, or receive the smallest present therefor. In mediaeval England the daughter was held as a portion of the father property to be sold to the highest bidder.“
— Matilda Joslyn Gage American abolitionist, writer 1826 - 1898
Woman, Church and State (1893), p. 301
„In the eight years since his father’s death, Patrick’s youth had slipped away without being replaced by any signs of maturity, unless the tendency for sadness and exhaustion to eclipse hatred and insanity could be called ‘mature’.“
— Edward St. Aubyn British writer 1960
Some Hope, Chapter 1
— Guy Gavriel Kay, livro Tigana
Tigana (1990), Chapter 1 (p. 14)
— Adolfo Bioy Casares Argentine novelist 1914 - 1999
"En la vejez todo es triste y ridículo: hasta el miedo a la muerte." Diario de la Guerra del Cerdo, 1969.
„Man has created gods in his own likeness and being himself mortal he has naturally supposed his creatures to be in the same sad predicament.“
— James Frazer, livro The Golden Bough
The Golden Bough (1890), Chapter 24, The Killing of the Divine King.
„She [then nine-year-old daughter Emily] grew up with 'The Rhythm is Gonna Get You,' Well... It got her!“
— Gloria Estefan Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress and divorciada 1957
2007, 2008, comment September 8, 2004, to concert audience in Washington, D.C. after Emily's drum solo
„A poem, a genuine one, does not need to fear the world; it stands up to it, even when a bell rings and an unexpected guest arrives to tell us, while the same coffee is still in our cups, of his fourteen years in captivity…“
— Max Frisch Swiss playwright and novelist 1911 - 1991
„Daughter, we didn't need your note - or a prince's visit - to tell us you'd done nothing wrong. We know the daughter we raised. We fear for your future, but never for your character. You take our love and our trust wherever you wander.
— Gail Carson Levine, Fairest
„I cannot explain the sadness
That's fallen on my breast.
An old, old fable haunts me,
And will not let me rest.“
— Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
Ich weiss nicht, was soll es bedeuten, Dass ich so traurig bin; Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten, Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn. Die Lorelei, st. 1
„It will not hurt me when I am old,
A running tide where moonlight burned
Will not sting me like silver snakes;
The years will make me sad and cold,
It is the happy heart that breaks.“
— Sara Teasdale American writer and poet 1884 - 1933
Flame and Shadow (1920), "Moonlight"