— Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human
„But what did he mean by that?“
„I wasn't tempted to vote for Bush, but I understand why people did… because he obviously had integrity. It was a terrible kind of integrity, but he does what he says and he means what he says. And what he says is terrible and what he does is terrible, but he's consistent.“
— John Perry Barlow American poet and essayist 1947
Context: I wasn't tempted to vote for Bush, but I understand why people did… because he obviously had integrity. It was a terrible kind of integrity, but he does what he says and he means what he says. And what he says is terrible and what he does is terrible, but he's consistent. So I think a lot of people in Wyoming who care so much about integrity that they're willing to choose somebody that has a monstrous willingness to do any damn thing as long as he's up front about it — but that's not really quite enough for me. I mean I look forward to the day when I can be Republican again. I'm an Alan Simpson Republican.
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
„He nothing common did or mean
Upon that memorable scene,
But with his keener eye
The axe's edge did try.“
— Andrew Marvell English metaphysical poet and politician 1621 - 1678
„“He posed me a question which I must answer correctly—else he will not co-operate.”
“Huh? What was the question?
“I’ll ask you. Martha, what is the meaning of life?”
“What! Why, what a stupid question!”
“He did not ask it stupidly.”
“It’s a psychopathic question, unlimited, unanswerable, and, in all probability, sense free.”“
— Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
Chapter 2, “Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief—”, p. 35; see also pages 31, 33
„Podex perfectus es.
Claim it means: You did a terrific job.
What it really means: You are a total asshole.“
— Henry N. Beard American writer, co-founder and editor of National Lampoon 1945
— George Herbert Mead American philosopher, sociologist, and psychologist 1863 - 1931
George Herbert Mead (1926). "The Nature of Aesthetic Experience." International Journal of Ethics, Vol. 36, No. 4 (Jul., 1926), pp. 382-393; p. 382
„No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Our Theatres In The Nineties (1930)
„I coulda got mad. But then I had to stop and think, well, what did he get in school? What did he get in his work experience? What did he get even from his own union, that gave him some tools to understand what he was seeing on that television?“
— Utah Phillips American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller and poet 1935 - 2008
From the intro to Track 15: "There is Power in a Union." Don't Mourn — Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (1990).
„Did Stanton say I was a damned fool? Then I dare say I must be one, for Stanton is generally right and he always says what he means.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
As quoted in Lincoln; An Account of his Personal Life, Especially of its Springs of Action as Revealed and Deepened by the Ordeal of War (1922) by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson.
„I know not what you believe of God, but I believe He gave yearnings and longings to be filled, and that He did not mean all our time should be devoted to feeding and clothing the body.“
— Lucy Stone American abolitionist and suffragist 1818 - 1893
"Disappointment Is the Lot of Women" oration (17 or 18 October 1855) quoted in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Antony, and Mathilda Gage, History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 1 (1881)
— Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
“Christ,” p. 106