— Донна Тартт, livro O Pintassilgo
Fonte: The Goldfinch
„We imagined we knew everything the other thought, even when we did not necessarily want to know it, but in fact, I have come to see, we knew not the smallest fraction of what there was to know.“
— Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
Fonte: The Year of Magical Thinking
— David Levithan, livro Love Is the Higher Law
Fonte: Love Is the Higher Law
„Sometimes we know who we want to be and what we want to do long… long before we know how to get there.“
— Patti Callahan Henry American writer
Fonte: Between The Tides
— Jean Piaget Swiss psychologist, biologist, logician, philosopher & academic 1896 - 1980
— Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time
Fonte: Woman on the Edge of Time
„We never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries, nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it.“
— Daniel Defoe, La vie et les aventures de Robinson Crusoe
Fonte: Robinson Crusoe (1719), Ch. 10, Tames Goats.
„The world at large does not judge us by who we are and what we know; it judges us by what we have.“
— Joyce Brothers Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
As quoted in On Being Blonde: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Most Infamous Blondes (2004) by Paula Munier, p. 70
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
Fonte: The Witch Of Portobello
„Sometimes it is only a True Friend who knows what we mean when we try to speak.
Somebody who has spent a lot of time with us, and listens carefully to what we are trying to say, and tries to understand.“
— Cressida Cowell, livro How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
Fonte: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse
„We must work—in the words of New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton—to really see each other. Perhaps the reason we struggle as a nation is because we’ve come to see only what we represent, at face value, instead of who we are. We simply must see the people we serve.“
— James Comey American lawyer and the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 1960
2010s, Hard Truths: Law Enforcement (2015)
„We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds.“
— Stanisław Lem, livro Solaris
Fonte: Solaris (1961), Ch. 6: "The Little Apocrypha", p. 72
Contexto: We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is. We are seaching for an ideal image of our own world: we go in quest of a planet, of a civilisation superior to our own but developed on the basis of a prototype of our primeval past. At the same time, there is something inside us which we don't like to face up to, from which we try to protect ourselves, but which nevertheless remains, since we don't leave Earth in a state of primal innocence. We arrive here as we are in reality, and when the page is turned and that reality is revealed to us — that part of our reality which we would prefer to pass over in silence — then we don't like it any more.
— Richard McKenna, livro The Sand Pebbles
Fonte: The Sand Pebbles (1962), Ch. 5; speech of Lt. Collins, the commander of the San Pablo to his crew at the start of summer cruising on the Yangtze River
Contexto: "Tomorrow we begin our summer cruising to show the flag on Tungting lake and the Hunan rivers," he said. "At home in America, when today reaches them, it will be Flag Day. They will gather to do honor and hear speeches. For us who wear the uniform, every day is Flag Day. We pay our honor in act and feeling and we have little need of words. But on this one day it will not hurt us to grasp briefly in words the meaning of our flag. That is what I want to talk about this morning.
"Our flag is the symbol of America. I want you to grasp what America really is," Lt. Collins said, nodding for emphasis. "It is more than marks on a map. It is more than buildings and land. America is a living structure of human lives, of all the American lives that ever were and ever will be. We in San Pablo are collectively only a tiny, momentary bit of that structure. How can we, standing here, grasp the whole of America?" He made a grasping motion. "Think now of a great cable," he said, and made a circle with his arms. "The cable has no natural limiting length. It can be spun out forever. We can unlay it into ropes, and the ropes, into strands, and the strands into yarns, and none of them have any natural ending. But now let us pull a yarn apart into single fibers —" he made plucking motions with his fingers " — and each man of us can find himself. Each fiber is a tiny, flat, yellowish thing, a foot or a yard long by nature. One American life from birth to death is like a single fiber. Each one is spun into the yarn of a family and the strand of a home town and the rope of a home state. The states are spun into the great, unending, unbreakable cable that is America."
His voice deepened on the last words. He paused, to let them think about it....
"No man, not even President Coolidge, can experience the whole of America directly," Lt. Collins resumed. "We can only feel it when the strain comes on, the terrible strain of hauling our history into a stormy future. Then the cable springs taut and vibrant. It thins and groans as the water squeezes out and all the fibers press each to each in iron hardness. Even then, we know only the fibers that press against us. But there is another way to know America."
He paused for a deep breath. The ranks were very quiet.
"We can know America through our flag which is its symbol," he said quietly. "In our flag the barriers of time and space vanish. All America that ever was and ever will be lives every moment in our flag. Wherever in the world two or three of us stand together under our flag, all America is there. When we stand proudly and salute our flag, that is what we know wordlessly in the passing moment....
"Understand that our flag is not the cloth but the pattern of form and color manifested in the cloth," Lt. Collins was saying. "It could have been any pattern once, but our fathers chose that one. History has made it sacred. The honor paid it in uncounted acts of individual reverence has made it live. Every morning in American schoolrooms children present their hearts to our flag. Every morning and evening we render it our military salutes. And so the pattern lives and it can manifest itself in any number of bits of perishable cloth, but the pattern is indestructible."
„The way we work, the way we talk, the way we watch television or walk down the street, even the way we fuck, or maybe that especially—each of those is part of the problem of identity. We can’t do any of those things authentically until we find out who we really are and be that person, inside and out, instead of the person other people want us to be. Usually those other people, if they want us to be something we aren’t, are using us as a laboratory for working out their own identity problems.“
— Thomas M. Disch Novelist, short story writer, poet 1940 - 2008
Emancipation: A Romance of the Times to Come (1971)
„There can be no real peace when living with someone who has already declared war, no peace but capitulation. And even that, as we see around us, doesn't lead to further peace but to further degradation and exploitation. We're responsible for not only what we do but for what is in our power to stop. Before we can speak of peace, we have to speak honestly of stopping, by any and all means possible, those who have declared war on the world and on us. Those who destroy wont stop because we ask nicely. There is only one language that they understand, and everyone here knows what it is. Yet we don't speak of it openly.“
— Derrick Jensen, livro A Language Older Than Words
A Language Older Than Words (2000)
„We could all be lucky. We could all be what we want to be, instead of who someone else told us to be.“
— Jodi Picoult Author 1966
Fonte: Between the Lines
„Moist was sure doctors keep skeletons around to cow patients. Nyer, nyer, we know what you look underneath…“
— Terry Pratchett, livro Going Postal
Fonte: Going Postal