„In this country, some aristocratic families automatically categorize persons with dark skin, thick lips, and kinky hair as "Barias" [Amharic for slave]... let it be clear to everybody that I shall soon make these ignoramuses stoop and grind corn!“
— Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882
Context: I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave-country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernambuco, I heard the most pitiable moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. I suspected that these moans were from a tortured slave, for I was told that this was the case in another instance. Near Rio de Janeiro I lived opposite to an old lady, who kept screws to crush the fingers of her female slaves. I have staid in a house where a young household mulatto, daily and hourly, was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal. I have seen a little boy, six or seven years old, struck thrice with a horse-whip (before I could interfere) on his naked head, for having handed me a glass of water not quite clean; I saw his father tremble at a mere glance from his master's eye. … And these deeds are done and palliated by men, who profess to love their neighbours as themselves, who believe in God, and pray that his Will be done on earth! It makes one's blood boil, yet heart tremble, to think that we Englishmen and our American descendants, with their boastful cry of liberty, have been and are so guilty: but it is a consolation to reflect, that we at least have made a greater sacrifice, than ever made by any nation, to expiate our sin. chapter XXI: "Mauritius To England" (second edition, 1845), pages 499-500 http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=512&itemID=F14&viewtype=image
„He was tall and very dark-skinned and he had fabulously blond hair and a voice that could raise bumps on your skin at a hundred meters, or, better still, millimeters.“
— Iain Banks Scottish writer 1954 - 2013
Chapter 5 “Kiss the Blade” section IV (p. 151).
„How thick the fog is. I can't see the road. All the people in the world could pass by and I would never know. I wish it was always that way. It's getting dark already. It will soon be night, thank goodness.“
— Eugene O'Neill American playwright, and Nobel laureate in Literature 1888 - 1953
Page 104 (Act 3)
„The apple of knowledge is not far from here. As soon as you've eaten it, you'll know as much as I do. But be careful not to make any mistakes: most of the apples hanging from that tree are enveloped in a thick skin. If you taste it, you will be brought low, beneath man; the inner part of the fruit will bring you up to the level of an angel.“
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
Angel to Elijah
„Some people have a thick skin and you don't. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world.“
— Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair
— Giovanni Maria Cecchi Italian poet, playwright, writer and notary 1518 - 1587
Gli Sciamiti, Act II., Scene III. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 270.
— Anya Seton, The Winthrop Woman
— David Mellor former British politician, non-practising barrister, broadcaster, journalist and businessman 1949
Question Time, BBC1 (1992-12-03).
„And let it be known that if a farmer wishes to burn his cotton, his house, his family, and himself, he may do so. But not his corn. We want that.“
— William T. Sherman American General, businessman, educator, and author. 1820 - 1891
Context: No rebels shall be allowed to remain at Davis Mill so much as an hour. Allow them to go, but do not let them stay. And let it be known that if a farmer wishes to burn his cotton, his house, his family, and himself, he may do so. But not his corn. We want that. Dispatch to Brig. Gen. Stephen Hurlbut (July 1862)<!-- published where? -->
„Darkness is not something that can be physically removed. But when we let in light, darkness automatically ceases to exist. In the same way, when true knowledge awakens, the darkness of ignorance disappears. Then we awaken to eternal light.“
— Mata Amritanandamayi Hindu spiritual leader and guru 1953