— Theodore Roosevelt, The Greatest American President: The Autobiography of Theodore Roosevelt
„Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: You need a great many qualities to make a successful man on a nine or an eleven; and just so you need a great many different qualities to make a good citizen. In the first place, of course it is al most tautological to say that to make a good citizen the prime need is to be decent, clean in thought, clean in mind, clean in action; to have an ideal and not to keep that ideal purely for the study to have an ideal which you will in good faith strive to live up to when you are out in life. If you have an ideal only good while you sit at home, an ideal that nobody can live up to in outside life, then I advise you strongly to take that ideal, examine it closely, and then cast it away. It is not a good one. The ideal that it is impossible for a man to strive after in practical life is not the type of ideal that you wish to hold up and follow. Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. Be truthful; a lie implies fear, vanity or malevolence; and be frank; furtiveness and insincerity are faults incompatible with true manliness. Be honest, and remember that honesty counts for nothing unless back of it lie courage and efficiency. If in this country we ever have to face a state of things in which on one side stand the men of high ideals who are honest, good, well-meaning, pleasant people, utterly unable to put those ideals into shape in the rough field of practical life, while on the other side are grouped the strong, powerful, efficient men with no ideals: then the end of the Republic will be near. The salvation of the Republic depends the salvation of our whole social system depends upon the production year by year of a sufficient number of citizens who possess high ideals combined with the practical power to realize them in actual life.
„Eyes forward! Sing a paean to the light
That God gives us to net the distant stars
In eyes that once were blinded with black earth.“
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
Context: Eyes forward! Sing a paean to the light That God gives us to net the distant stars In eyes that once were blinded with black earth. Man had no time for aught but toll, no space For aught but war. Yet God, in His great love, Has cleared our eyes and given a hint of Power.
„The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.“
— Georg Büchner German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose 1813 - 1837
— Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
„The stars you see at night are the unblinking eyes of sleeping elephants, who sleep with one eye open to best keep watch over us.“
— Gregory Colbert Canadian photographer 1960
Ashes and Snow : A Novel in Letters (2005) Flying Elephants Press
„In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Context: Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
„Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom´
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
„People dancing all in the street
See the rhythm all in their feet
Life is good, wild and sweet.
Let the music play on (play on, play on)
Feel it in your heart
And feel it in your soul
Let the music take control.“
— Lionel Richie American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor 1949
All Night Long (All Night).
— Roger Zelazny American speculative fiction writer 1937 - 1995
Chapter 4 (p. 87)
„I have absolutely no difficulty in coming out and saying Bach and Beethoven are great composers. You must school young people into great classical music, but you must also allow them to hear other music as well. At one point classical music colonised the high ground. Now we're reaping the backlash for that.“
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
The Times, 21/04/2006
„You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.“
— Max Ehrmann American writer, poet, and attorney 1872 - 1945
„If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.“
— George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880