„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
The Camelot Project interview (1996), Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
— Og Mandino American author 1923 - 1996
The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968), Ch. 14 : The Scroll Marked VII, p. 86.
„The whole world will smile at you when your heart is peaceful and your mind is clean. When you can smile at yourself, not a single trouble in the world will affect you. When you are sincere to yourself, no one in the world can deceive you.“
— Jun Hong Lu Australian Buddhist leader 1959
Malaysia, (28 August 2017).
„“What more could you need?”
I smiled in self-mockery. “Reassurance, I suppose.”
“That must come from your own judgment, from your own testing of your conscience. It is the only kind of reassurance worth having, as I’m sure you would agree.”“
— Michael Moorcock English writer, editor, critic 1939
The War Hound and the World's Pain (1981), Chapter 10 (p. 112)
„To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.“
— Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1
American Primitive (1983), "In Blackwater Woods"
„It was time to be honest with myself. To survive all the shame this world will throw at you, you have to hold yourself tall, look your accuser straight in the eye. Even if it’s your own face looking back at you.“
— Nalo Hopkinson Jamaican Canadian writer 1960
The New Moon's Arms (2007), Chapter 2 (p. 72)
„There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.“
— Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure
„How do ideas come? What a question! If they come of their own accord, they are apt to arrive at the most unexpected time and place.“
— Maxfield Parrish American painter and illustrator 1870 - 1966
Context: How do ideas come? What a question! If they come of their own accord, they are apt to arrive at the most unexpected time and place. For the most part the place is out of doors, for up in this northern wilderness when nature puts on a show it is an inspiring one. There seem to be magic days once in a while, with some rare quality of light that hold a body spellbound: In sub-zero weather there will be a burst of unbelievable color when the mountain turns a deep purple, a thing it refuses to do in summer. Then comes the hard part: how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, air and space, there is no such thing as sitting down outside and trying to make a “portrait” of it. It lasts for only a minute, for one thing, and it isn’t an inspiration that can be copied on the spot... Letter to F.W Weber (1950); published in New York—Pennsylvania Collector (8 August 1991)