„My feeling about the war was — given a choice between these two things — obviously I want to see a world with much better choices than that — but given that was the choice we were confronted with, the best way through it was to try to find out what Iraqis prefer.“
— Johann Hari British journalist 1979
Interview from the Leeds Student: Part One, JohannHari.com, November 27, 2005, 2007-01-26 http://www.johannhari.com/archive/article.php?id=733,
„If I were asked what book is better than a cheap book, I should answer that there is one book better than a cheap book, — and that is a book honestly come by.“
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
Before the U. S. Senate Committee on Patents (29 January 1886)
— Mark Twain, book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
„The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.“
— Elizabeth Peters, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog
— Michael Cunningham American novelist and screenwriter 1952
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
Erotism: Death and Sensuality (1962), The Marquis de Sade, cited by Bataille in Erotism: Death and Sensuality
— Ted Hughes English poet and children's writer 1930 - 1998
— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
The Better Part (1901), Context: No man who believes in force and violence is an Anarchist. The true Anarchist decries all influences save those of love and reason. Ideas are his only arms. Being an Anarchist I am also a Socialist. Socialism is the antithesis of Anarchy. One is the North Pole of Truth, the other the South. The Socialist believes in working for the good of all, while Anarchy is pure Individualism. I believe in every man working for the good of self; and in working for the good of self, he works for the good of all. To think, to see, to feel, to know; to deal justly; to bear all patiently; to act quietly; to speak cheerfully; to moderate one's voice — these things will bring you the highest good. They will bring you the love of the best, and the esteem of that Sacred Few, whose good opinion alone is worth cultivating. And further than this, it is the best way you can serve Society — live your life. The wise way to benefit humanity is to attend to your own affairs, and thus give other people an opportunity to look after theirs. If there is any better way to teach virtue than by practicing it, I do not know it. Would you make men better — set them an example. The millenium will never come until governments cease from governing, and the meddler is at rest. Politicians are men who volunteer the task of governing us, for a consideration. The political boss is intent on living off your labor. A man may seek an office in order to do away with the rascal who now occupies it, but for the most part office-seekers are rank rogues. Shakespeare used the word politician five times, and each time it is synonymous with knave. That is to say, a politician is one who sacrifices truth and honor for policy. The highest motive of his life is expediency — policy. In King Lear it is the "scurvy politician," who through tattered clothes beholds small vices, while robes and furred gowns, for him, covers all.
„She's got a way about her
I don't know what it is.
But I know that I can't live without her.
She's got a way of pleasin'
I don't know what it is
But there doesn't have to be a reason anyway.“
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Song lyrics, Cold Spring Harbor (1971), She's Got a Way.
— Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree