— Samuel R. Delany American author, professor and literary critic 1942
Chapter 3 “Avoiding Kangaroos” (p. 113)
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
Context: 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. Introductory verse.
„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"
„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 Marxist revolutionary from Russia 1879 - 1940
— 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)
„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
„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
„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
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
Context: 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 English writer, editor, critic 1939
Chapter 14 (p. 376)
„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).
„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 British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
Chapter V: Worlds Innumerable; 3. Nautiloids (p. 69)