„My experience is that it's precisely the ones who don't know what to do with this life who are all hot and bothered about what they are going to do with another life. One sign that you're awakened is that you don't give a damn about what's going to happen in the next life. You're not bothered about it; you don't care. You are not interested, period.“
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
"The Illusion of Rewards", p. 42
„If you're bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you don't have enough goals.“
— Lou Holtz American college football coach, professional football coach, television sports announcer 1937
„Why, why, why, why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't wanna fuck in the first place? Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked. Conservatives don't give a shit about you until you reach military age. Then they think you're just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life... pro-life... These people aren't pro-life, they're killing doctors! What kind of pro-life is that? What, they'll do anything they can to save a fetus but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it? They're not pro-life. You know what they are? They're anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don't like them. They don't like women. They believe a woman's primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„When I'm killed, don't think of me
Buried there in Cambrin Wood,
Nor as in Zion think of me
With the Intolerable Good.
And there's one thing that I know well,
I'm damned if I'll be damned to Hell!“
— Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
"When I'm Killed".
— John Wentworth American newspaper editor and politician 1815 - 1888
Quoted in Chicago Magazine, June 2006 http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2006/The-Perfect-Mayor/
„I feel the only thing you can do about life is to preserve it, by art if you're an artist, by children if you're not.“
— Philip Larkin, Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica
— Nora Roberts, The Stanislaski Brothers: Mikhail and Alex
„You have told me, O God, to believe in hell. But you have forbidden me to think... of any man as damned“
— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
— Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington British soldier and statesman 1769 - 1852
Context: It has been a damned serious business... Blucher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life. … By God! I don't think it would have been done if I had not been there. Remark to Thomas Creevey (18 June 1815), using the word nice in an older sense of "uncertain, delicately balanced", about the Battle of Waterloo. Creevy, a civilian, got a public interview with Wellington at headquarters, and quoted the remark in his book Creevey Papers (1903), in Ch. X, on p. 236; the phrase "a damned nice thing" has sometimes been paraphrased as "a damn close-run thing."
„It's all you deserve. You've got the cash,
what the hell do you care? You've got
nothing to lose. You are inheritors of a great
tradition. My country right or wrong!
You do what you're told to do. You don't
answer back the way Tommy Jeff did or Ben
Frank or Georgie Washing. I'll say you
don't. You're civilized. You let your
betters tell you where you get off. Go
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
"Impromptu: The Suckers"