— Samuel R. Delany, livro Triton
Fonte: Triton (1976), Chapter 3 “Avoiding Kangaroos” (p. 113)
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
The Earthly Paradise (1868-70)
Contexto: Masters, I have to tell a tale of woe,
A tale of folly and of wasted life,
Hope against hope, the bitter dregs of strife,
Ending, where all things end, in death at last.
„Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern — why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"On the Fear of Death"
Table Talk: Essays On Men And Manners http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/TableHazIV.htm (1821-1822)
„In a country where the sole employer is the state, [opposition] means death by slow starvation. The old principle: 'who does not work shall not eat,' has been replaced with a new one: 'who does not obey shall not eat.“
— Leon Trotsky, livro The Revolution Betrayed
Fonte: The Revolution Betrayed (1936), Ch. 11
„We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.“
— Fred Shero Former ice hockey player and coach 1925 - 1990
Jackson, Jim, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now
— Hilaire Belloc writer 1870 - 1953
"On the Same" (On a Sundial III)
Quoted by Kevin Smith's character in the film Catch and Release (2006)
Sonnets and Verse (1938)
„We are born with two incurable diseases, life, from which we die, and hope, which says maybe death isn't the end.“
— Andrew M. Greeley Irish-American Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist and novelist 1928 - 2013
„Translation: I call the beginning of death the whole course of life, beginning with our birth, from which point we commence to die, and each moment of every day brings us nearer to our end.“
— Stefano Guazzo Italian writer 1530 - 1593
Chiamo principio della morte tutto il corso della vita cominciando al nostro nascimento, dal quale cominciamo a morire, e per momenti di tempo andiamo ogni giorno al nostro fine.
Della Morte, p. 529.
Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 275.
„If we’re completely honest, not sentimental or nostalgic, we have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is one unending thread, not a life chopped up into sections out of touch with one another.“
— P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
The Paris Review interview (1982)
Contexto: I never wrote my books especially for children. … When I sat down to write Mary Poppins or any of the other books, I did not know children would read them. I’m sure there must be a field of “children’s literature” — I hear about it so often — but sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a label created by publishers and booksellers who also have the impossible presumption to put on books such notes as “from five to seven” or “from nine to twelve.” How can they know when a book will appeal to such and such an age?
If you look at other so-called children’s authors, you’ll see they never wrote directly for children. Though Lewis Carroll dedicated his book to Alice, I feel it was an afterthought once the whole was already committed to paper. Beatrix Potter declared, “I write to please myself!” And I think the same can be said of Milne or Tolkien or Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I certainly had no specific child in mind when I wrote Mary Poppins. How could I? If I were writing for the Japanese child who reads it in a land without staircases, how could I have written of a nanny who slides up the banister? If I were writing for the African child who reads the book in Swahili, how could I have written of umbrellas for a child who has never seen or used one?
But I suppose if there is something in my books that appeals to children, it is the result of my not having to go back to my childhood; I can, as it were, turn aside and consult it (James Joyce once wrote, “My childhood bends beside me”). If we’re completely honest, not sentimental or nostalgic, we have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is one unending thread, not a life chopped up into sections out of touch with one another.
Once, when Maurice Sendak was being interviewed on television a little after the success of Where the Wild Things Are, he was asked the usual questions: Do you have children? Do you like children? After a pause, he said with simple dignity: “I was a child.” That says it all.<!--
But don’t let me leave you with the impression that I am ungrateful to children. They have stolen much of the world’s treasure and magic in the literature they have appropriated for themselves. Think, for example, of the myths or Grimm’s fairy tales — none of which were written especially for them — this ancestral literature handed down by the folk. And so despite publishers’ labels and my own protestations about not writing especially for them, I am grateful that children have included my books in their treasure trove.
„We’ll build a world where Order shall prevail. A few more deaths are inconsequential, surely, if they guarantee us eternal life and absolute fulfillment?“
— Michael Moorcock, livro The City in the Autumn Stars
Fonte: The City in the Autumn Stars (1986), Chapter 14 (p. 376)
— Kay Hooper American writer 1957
Fonte: If There Be Dragons
„That was indeed to live—
At one bold swoop to wrest
From darkling death the best
That Death to Life can give!“
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich American poet, novelist, editor 1836 - 1907
Shaw. Memorial Ode; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„Life, he realized, was much like a song.
In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.“
— Nicholas Sparks, livro The Last Song
Steve Miller, Chapter 36, Steve, p. 376
Fonte: 2000s, The Last Song (2009)
„Some people say I was a thug and a gangster; other people remember me as a poet and a born leader. But I'm saying to you, measure a man by his actions fully, through his whole life, from the beginning to the end.“
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
Posthumous attributions, Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
„Under the pressure of a war to the death, all that was best, all that was most human and gentle on each side was crushed out by military necessity. On the one side, the passion for a unified world, where every individual should live a free and full life in service of the world community, was overcome by the passion to punish spies, traitors, and heretics. On the other, vague and sadly misguided yearnings for a nobler, less materialistic life were cleverly transformed by the reactionary leaders into vindictiveness against the revolutionaries.“
— Olaf Stapledon, livro Star Maker
Fonte: Star Maker (1937), Chapter V: Worlds Innumerable; 3. Nautiloids (p. 69)
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Paraphrased variant: I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.
At A Child's Grave (1882)
Contexto: No man, standing where the horizon of a life has touched a grave, has any right to prophesy a future filled with pain and tears. It may be that death gives all there is of worth to life. If those we press and strain against our hearts could never die, perhaps that love would wither from the earth. Maybe this common fate treads from out the paths between our hearts the weeds of selfishness and hate, and I had rather live and love where death is king, than have eternal life where love is not.
„Death induces the sensual person to say: Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we shall die – but this is sensuality’s cowardly lust for life, that contemptible order of things where one lives in order to eat and drink instead of eating and drinking in order to live.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Fonte: 1840s, Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions (1845), p. 83
„There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Choruses from The Rock (1934)