„As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it.“

—  Elizabeth Kostova, Context: As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it. And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself reaches inexorably forward for us with its shadowy claw. A Note to the Reader
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—  Viola Spolin American academic and acting theorist 1906 - 1994
Context: Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theater and learn to become 'stage-worthy.' We learn through experience and experiencing, and no one teaches anyone anything. This is as true for the infant moving from kicking and crawling to walking as it is for the scientist with his equations. If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach. 'Talent' or 'lack of talent' have little to do with it. Improvisation for the Theater (1963), page 3

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„One can even conjecture that Lisp owes its survival specifically to the fact that its programs are lists, which everyone, including me, has regarded as a disadvantage.“

—  John McCarthy American computer scientist and cognitive scientist 1927 - 2011
John McCarthy, " History of Lisp http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/lisp/lisp.html," 12 February 1979; republished at www-formal.stanford.edu.

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„It is a stern fact of history that no nation that rushed to the abyss ever turned back. Not ever, in the long history of the world. We are now on the edge of the abyss. Can we, for the first time in history, turn back? It is up to you.“

—  Taylor Caldwell Novelist 1900 - 1985
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„Historians may lie, but History cannot.“

—  George Saintsbury British literary critic 1845 - 1933
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„Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement. I'm still learning, for learning is boundless.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
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„Great leaps forward in history are often, in fact, giant leaps back.“

—  Andrew Sullivan Journalist, writer, blogger 1963
Context: Great leaps forward in history are often, in fact, giant leaps back. The Reformation did initiate brutal sectarian warfare. The French Revolution did degenerate into barbarous tyranny. Communist utopias — allegedly the wave of an Elysian future — turned into murderous nightmares. Modern neoliberalism has, for its part, created a global capitalist machine that is seemingly beyond anyone’s control, fast destroying the planet’s climate, wiping out vast tracts of life on Earth while consigning millions of Americans to economic stagnation and cultural despair. And at an even deeper level, the more we discover about human evolution, the more illusory certain ideas of progress become.

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