„My body is white; my fate, softly rounded,
rising and sinking like mountains in streams.
Whatever way hands may shape me,
at center my heart is red and true.“
— Hồ Xuân Hương Vietnamese poet 1772 - 1822
"The Floating Cake" (a metaphor for "woman")
„At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom.“
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
Context: At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama. There, long-suffering men and women peacefully protested the denial of their rights as Americans. Many were brutally assaulted. One good man, a man of God, was killed.
„I keep a close watch on this heart of mine;
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds.
Because you're mine, I walk the line.“
— Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter 1932 - 2003
I Walk the Line
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
— Michael Shea writer 1946 - 2014
Chapter 7, “The Stronghold of Simbilis” (p. 134)
— Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
Context: Through the window I can see Rooks above the cherry-tree, Sparrows in the violet bed, Bramble-bush and bumble-bee, And old red bracken smoulders still Among boulders on the hill, Far too bright to seem quite dead. But old Death, who can't forget, Waits his time and watches yet, Waits and watches by the door. "The Cottage".
„1923. You challenged your fate. To surmount or to die! It was not yet time. Therefore you became a victim.
Your answer was: Death!“
— Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945
1923. Du fordertest dein Schicksal in die Schranken. Biegen oder brechen! Noch war es zu früh. Deshalb wurdest du Opfer. Deine Antwort war: Tod!
„It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.“
— Colette 1873-1954 French novelist: wrote Gigi 1873 - 1954
"The Captain", Earthly Paradise (1966) ed. Robert Phelps
— Victoria of the United Kingdom British monarch who reigned 1837–1901 1819 - 1901
Letter to King of the Belgians, Nuneham, 15th June, 1841 (Note: Nuneham was the house of Edward Vernon Harcourt, Archbishop of York).
— Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805
Act III, sc. viii