„Does not all the world know that when in autumn the Bismarcks of the world, or they who are bigger than Bismarcks, meet at this or that delicious haunt of salubrity, the affairs of the world are then settled in little conclaves, with grater ease, rapidity, and certainty than in large parliaments or the dull chambers of public offices?“
„to wound the autumnal city.
So howled out for the world to give him a name.
The in-dark answered with wind.“
— Samuel R. Delany American author, professor and literary critic 1942
Part I, "Prism, Mirror, Lens" (p. 1)
„It is too little to call man a little world, except God, man is a diminutive to nothing. Man consists of more pieces, more parts, than the world; than the world doth, nay, than the world is.“
— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
IV. Mediscque Vocatur The physician is sent for
„One has to remember that about imagination, that is when the world gets dull when everybody does not know what they can or what they cannot really imagine.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Context: Would I if I could by pushing a button would I kill five thousand Chinamen if I could save my brother from anything. Well I was very fond of my brother and I could completely imagine his suffering and I replied that five thousand Chinamen were something I could not imagine and so it was not interesting. One has to remember that about imagination, that is when the world gets dull when everybody does not know what they can or what they cannot really imagine. Ch. 3
„The world at large does not judge us by who we are and what we know; it judges us by what we have.“
— Joyce Brothers Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
As quoted in On Being Blonde: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier, p. 70
„We know so very little about this strange planet we live on, this haunted world where all answers lead only to more mystery.“
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
— Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
— Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963
Quoted in the documentary The Question Mark Inside broadcast in the UK by Sky Arts (30 October 2009).
„They're all deserting me. I've been too kind. Spare the rod and spoil the fun. Oh, for the glands of a Bismarck.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
„We have a large public that is very ignorant about world affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans.“
— Zbigniew Brzeziński Polish-American political scientist 1928 - 2017
Morning Joe (July 13, 2011).
— Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941
Baden-Powell's Last Message (1941)