„Whose side are you on?" "I don't know."
"This is a war, you've got to choose." "I don't know."
"Does your village still exist?" "I don't know."
"Are those your children?“
Poems New and Collected (1998), No End of Fun (1967)
„I know that you have come here today to hear explanations. Well, don't expect to hear any explanations about Dada. You explain to me why you exist. You haven't the faintest idea. You will say: I exist to make my children happy. But in your hearts you know that isn't so. You will say: I exist to guard my country, against barbarian invasions. That's a fine reason. You will say: I exist because God wills. That's a fairy tale for children.“
— Tristan Tzara Romanian and French avant-garde poet, essayist and performance artist 1896 - 1963
1920s, Lecture on Dada', 1922
„Even if I don't like what I am, I know what I am. My children like what they are, but they don't know what they are. So tell me which is worse.“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Fonte: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„One of the absolute rules I learned in the war was, don't know anything you don't need to know, because if you ever get caught they will get it out of you.“
— Abraham Pais American Physicist 1918 - 2000
Fonte: To Save a Life: Stories of Holocaust Rescue (2000), p. 50
„It was one of those pictures that children are supposed to like but don't. Full of endearing little animals doing endearing things, you know?“
— Douglas Adams, livro So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Fonte: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
— Rick Perry 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy 1950
Rick Perry: 'I Don't Think The Federal Government Has A Role' In Education
posed question: "I would like to know your position on the federal government's role in my children's education."
„All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called "guessing what was at the other side of the hill."“
— Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington British soldier and statesman 1769 - 1852
Statement in conversation with John Croker https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilson_Croker and Croker's wife (4 September 1852), as quoted in The Croker Papers: The Correspondence and Diaries of the Late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker, LL.Dm F.R.S, Secretary of the Admiralty from 1809 to 1830 (1884), edited by Louis J. Jennings, Vol.III, p. 276.
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis public figure, First Lady to 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy 1929 - 1994
Interview with NBC News Correspondent Sander Vanocur (1 October 1960) https://web.archive.org/web/20140127091759/http://www.jfklink.com/speeches/joint/joint011060_nbctv03.html
„Several children present me with scraps of paper for autographs: obviously don't know who I am and don't care. I sign "Jackie Collins" and they go away quite content.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Diary entry describing his appearance at the Gothenburg Book Fair (7 September 1989), published in Happy Alchemy (1999), p. 332.
„This is going to be an image for the history books. If you come, I believe this may, and it may be in 100 years from now or 200 years from now, I believe this will be remembered as the moment America turned the corner. I don't know how it works out. I don't know if it even works out in my lifetime. But I believe this is the pivot point. Be there, with your children.“
— Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964
The Glenn Beck Program
Premiere Radio Networks
Beck believes that in 100 to 200 years, his 8-28 rally "will be remembered as the moment America turned the corner"
Media Matters for America
on his Restoring Honor rally on 2010-08-28
„Don't look back, over your shoulder! Keep your eye on freedom shore! Because you know the brave man with you, also pays for the wages of war.“
— Jackson C. Frank American musician 1943 - 1999
Don't Look Back
„War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.“
— Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945
La guerre, c'est un massacre de gens qui ne se connaissent pas, au profit de gens qui se connaissent, mais ne se massacrent pas.
Bizarre, issues 24-31 (1962), p. 102
„It's a theocratic war. And I don't know if anybody fully understands that. I'm the only guy on that stage with a theology degree. I think I understand it really well.“
— Mike Huckabee Arkansas politician 1955
to Christian Broadcasting Network, quoted in * Steve
Has Huckabee Been Lying About Having a Theology Degree?
The Carpetbagger Report
„Use art, be creative. No more war. No more children dying. A pawn that does not move in chess upsets the game. I know there is love in the world still and that is what I wish to surround myself with. Sacrifice your time and energy into something positive instead of the negative and you will see that change around you.“
— Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
Speaking at the Get Shamrocked Irish Festival (19 September 2014).
„Well, if there's no 'war' that begins, but you say 'war begins', no one's going to buy your newspaper the next day because they'll be on to the fact that you don't know what you're talking about.“
— Sam Donaldson American journalist 1934
As quoted in "Respek" http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=m1_FAsefZ6o (18 July 2004), Da Ali G Show.
„I like the War. It is only War that gives us a normal existence. What do you do in peace-time? You stay at home; you don't know what to do with your time; you argue with your parents, and your wife - if you have one. Everyone thinks you are an insufferable egotist - and so you are. The War comes; you only go home every five or six months. You are a hero, and, what women appreciate much more, you are a change. You know stories that have never been published. You've seen strange men and terrible things. Your father, instead of telling his friends that you are embittering the end of his life, introduces you to them as an oracle. These old men consult you on foreign politics. I you are married, your wife is prettier than ever; if you are not, all the girls lay siege to you.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Les silences du colonel Bramble (The Silence of Colonel Bramble)
„We know that there are children out there whose parents do not take the kind of interest in their upbringing and in their existence that we would wish, but I don't think censorship is ever the solution to any problem, be it societal or be it the kind of information or ideas that you have access to.“
— Judith Krug librarian and freedom of speech proponent 1940 - 2009
"Easy Access?" http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cyberspace/july-dec97/library_8-7.html by Spencer Michels, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (August 7, 1997)