„I thought I should make something – I felt it would be so easy – it would take form under my hands like magic.
Then people would see!
A strong naked arm – a tanned powerful neck a young woman rests her head on the arching chest.
She closes her eyes and listens with open and quivering lips to the words he whispers into her long flowing hair.
I should paint that image just as I saw it – but in the blue haze.
Those two at that moment, no longer merely themselves, but simply a link in the chain binding generation to generation.
People should understand the significance, the power of it. They should remove their hats like they do in church.
There should be no more pictures of interiors, of people reading and women knitting.
There would be pictures of real people who breathed, suffered, felt, loved.
I felt impelled – it would be easy. The flesh would have volume – the colours would be alive.
There was an interval. The music stopped. I was a little sad. I remembered how many times I had had similar thoughts – and that once I had finished the painting – they had simply shaken their heads and smiled.
Once again I found myself out on the Boulevard des Italiens. [written in Saint Cloud, 1889]“
„As the crash was occurring, I remember that I felt no fear although I was obviously concerned for the people in cars that were headed in my direction. I simply just acknowledged to myself that I've had a good life and I would soon have to say goodbye to all of it in a matter of seconds.“
— Jeremy Soule American composer 1975
„No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.“
— Edvard Munch Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944
Quote from Munch's text (1889) 'Impressions from a ballroom, New Year's Eve in St. Cloud' - also known as 'The St. Cloud Manifesto'
„I should have felt pity, but I felt only contempt. I knew had it been a girl she would have mourned less, and it angered me.“
— Tanith Lee British writer 1947 - 2015
Book Two, Part II “The Water”, Chapter 1 (p. 173)
„I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.“
— Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913
Context: I had reasoned dis out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have de oder; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when de time came for me to go, de Lord would let dem take me. Modernized rendition: I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. The phrase "" is a slogan made famous during the independence struggle of several countries.
„As summer neared, my mother suffered yet another stroke of paralysis and again I had to watch her suffer, listen to her groans, powerless to help. I used to lie awake nights and think back to the early days in Arkansas, tracing my mother’s life, reliving events, wondering why she had apparently been singled out for so much suffering, meaningless suffering, and I would feel more awe than I had ever felt in church. My mind could find no answer and I would feel rebellious against all life. But I never felt humble.“
— Richard Wright African-American writer 1908 - 1960
„I thought that young people had more problems than old people, and I hoped I could last until I was older so I wouldn't have all those problems. Then I looked around and saw that everybody who looked young had young problems and that everybody who looked old had old problems. The "old" problems to me looked easier to take than the "young" problems. So I decided to go gray so nobody would know now old I was and I would look younger to them than how old they thought I was. I would gain a lot by going gray: (1) I would have old problems, which were easier to take than young problems, (2) everyone would be impressed by how young I looked, and (3) I would be relieved of the responsibility of acting young—I could occasionally lapse into eccentricity or senility and no one would think anything of it because of my gray hair. When you've got gray hair, every move you make seems "young" and "spry," instead of just being normally active. It's like you're getting a new talent. So I dyed my hair gray when I was about twenty-three or twenty-four.“
— Andy Warhol American artist 1928 - 1987
Ch. 6: Work
„I would watch Wizard of Oz, like every day, when I was two. I had a hard time understanding that I couldn't go into the film, because it felt so real to me.“
— Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980
Statement in These Amazing Shadows (2011).
„I thought about reaching out with my authorial hand and snatching her from that awful situation. I thought about it and I agonized over it. But to me, that felt dishonest and emotionally manipulative. This was the end she had chosen, and I felt she had earned an ending that was as powerful as she was.“
— Veronica Roth American author 1988
„He felt as if she no longer existed for him, had gone off somewhere, into some other life where, if he should meet her, he would no longer recognize her.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
„I would have felt better if she had followed the Florida law. I suspect most people faced with the same situation would have done what she did.“
— Judith Krug librarian and freedom of speech proponent 1940 - 2009
Referring to Kathleen Hensman, a Delray Beach, Florida public librarian informing police about 9/11 suspects having used computers in the library where she works "A Nation Challenged: Questions of Confidentiality; Competing Principles Leave Some Professionals Debating Responsibility to Government" http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00E13F83E5E0C708EDDA80994D9404482 by David E. Rosenbaum, The New York Times (November 23, 2001)
„I started stating that maybe I should run for governor. Well, it caught on like wildfire. I felt I'd boxed myself into a corner—if I didn't attempt to do this, I would lose my credibility. And in the world of talk radio, once that happens, you're finished.“
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
Ch. 2 (p. 37)
„I think because I felt so sad I had to bring out my feelings, and try to create music that would make me and all my friends feel better.“
— Brian Wilson American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer 1942
Caroline Now! interview (20 April 2000) http://www.marina.com/brian.htm