— Corneliu Zelea Codreanu Romanian politician 1899 - 1938
„Then swiftly, neatly, with the grace of the young man on the trapeze, he was gone from his body.
For an eternal moment he was still all things at once: the bird, the fish, the rodent, the reptile, and man.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Context: Then swiftly, neatly, with the grace of the young man on the trapeze, he was gone from his body. For an eternal moment he was still all things at once: the bird, the fish, the rodent, the reptile, and man. An ocean of print undulated endlessly and darkly before him. The city burned. The herded crowd rioted. The earth circled away, and knowing that he did so, he turned his lost face to the empty sky and became dreamless, unalive, perfect. "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze"
— Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996
As quoted in Office Yoga : Simple Stretches for Busy People (2000) by Darrin Zeer, p. 52
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
— Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Sicilian writer and prince 1896 - 1957
„Our Job is not to make young women grateful. It is to make the ungrateful so they keep going. Gratitude never radicalized anybody“
— Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906
„There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?“
— David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life
„When I was a young man, I found out that if you hurt somebody bad enough, they'll leave you alone. When I tried to leave everybody alone and just do my own thing, everybody just wanted to hurt me. Until one day I just decided, well, I've had enough of this picking. And there were like six young men still figuring they were going to mess with my head. And we went to war. To their surprise, I was no longer taking the beating, I was giving it.“
— Richard Kuklinski American contract killer 1935 - 2006