„You see it's awfully hard to talk or write about your own stuff because if it is any good you yourself know about how good it is — but if you say so yourself you feel like a shit.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Letter to Malcolm Cowley (17 October 1945); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
„When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, 'You say nothing to me'; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker.“
— Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138
Context: When you want to hear a philosopher, do not say, 'You say nothing to me'; only show yourself worthy or fit to hear, and then you will see how you will move the speaker. (81).
— Terry Goodkind, Blood of the Fold
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self Reliance
Context: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. Context: In the Will work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance, and shalt sit hereafter out of fear from her rotations. A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
„Some day you will know for yourself that it is almost as true to say that one recovers from all things as that there is nothing which does not leave its scar.“
— Paul Bourget French writer 1852 - 1935
Context: I had a friend, a companion of my own age, who, when he was twenty, had loved a young girl. He was poor, she was rich. Her family separated them. The girl married some one else and almost immediately afterward she died. My friend lived. Some day you will know for yourself that it is almost as true to say that one recovers from all things as that there is nothing which does not leave its scar. I had been the confidant of his serious passion, and I became the confidant of the various affairs that followed that first ineffaceable disappointment. He felt, he inspired, other loves. He tasted other joys. He endured other sorrows, and yet when we were alone and when we touched upon those confidences that come from the heart's depths, the girl who was the ideal of his twentieth year reappeared in his words. How many times he has said to me, "In others I have always looked for her and as I have never found her, I have never truly loved any one but her." Pierre Fauchery, as quoted by the character "Jules Labarthe"
„You complain, friend Swift, of the length of my epigrams, but you yourself write nothing. Yours are shorter.“
— Martial Latin poet from Hispania 40 - 104
„It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!“
— Robert T. Kiyosaki American finance author , investor 1947
— Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941