— Louis-ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
„But you, my lord and venerable pope, you who take the place of Christ, and the successor to the supreme shepherd in apostolic dignity, do not through sloth allow this pestilence to grow, do not by conniving and dissimulation loosen the reins on this raging impurity. This disease is spreading like a cancer, and its poisonous breed will reach out endlessly unless its evil growth is cut off by the scythe of the gospel.“
— Pedro Damião, Letter 61:14. To Pope Nicholas II. Damian “deplores the situation in which bishops live in public concubinage to the scandal of some, and to the delight of others who ridicule the leadership of the Church on this account.” January - July 1059. The Fathers of the Church, Medieval Continuation, Letters 61-90, 1992, Owen J. Blum, tr., Catholic University of America Press, , vol. 3, p. 12 http://books.google.com/books?id=9smLdu9BvK0C&pg=PA12&dq=%22my+lord+and+venerable+pope,+you+who+take+the+place+of%22&hl=en&ei=N2xiTIOVIYT78Aa0-YGkCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22my%20lord%20and%20venerable%20pope%2C%20you%20who%20take%20the%20place%20of%22&f=false
— Sadhguru, Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy
„Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„What I like doing best is Nothing."
"How do you do Nothing," asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.
"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, 'What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?' and you say, 'Oh, Nothing,' and then you go and do it.
It means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."
"Oh!" said Pooh.“
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
— Chinua Achebe Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic 1930 - 2013
Arrow of God (1988)
„I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.“
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942
"Colonies in space may be only hope, says Hawking" by Roger Highfield in Daily Telegraph (16 October 2001).
— John Lydon, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
„I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.“
— Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849
As quoted in Chopin. Variant translation: I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness. And yet I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.
„Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
„Because of you, each day is a melon slice
smelling sweetly of earth
Because of you, all fruits reach out to me
as if I were the sun.
Thanks to you, I live on the honey of hope.
You are the reason my heart beats.
Because of you, even my loneliest nights
smile like an Anatolian kilim on your wall.
Should my journey end before I reach my city,
I've rested in a rose garden thanks to you.
Because of you I don't let death enter,
clothed in the softest garments,
and knocking on my door with songs
calling me to the greatest place.“
— Nâzım Hikmet Turkish poet 1902 - 1963
From Because of You (29 August 1960)