— Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
„Even though homosexuality does not distance oneself from Islam, the Islam does not encourage individuals who have same-sex attraction to show their feelings in public.“
„Satanism condones any type of sexual activity which properly satisfies your individual desires – be it heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or even asexual, if you choose. Satanism also sanctions any fetish or deviation which will enhance your sex-life, so long as it involves no one who does not wish to be involved.“
— Anton LaVey Founder of the Church of Satan, author of the Satanic Bible 1930 - 1997
„The truth is that the past exists no more than the future, even though it feels as though it does.“
— Terry Eagleton British writer, academic and educator 1943
Chapter 4, p. 70
„The problem is not to discover in oneself the truth of one's sex, but, rather, to use one's sexuality henceforth to arrive at a multiplicity of relationships. And, no doubt, homosexuality is not a form of desire but something desirable. Therefore, we have to work at becoming homosexuals.“
— Michel Foucault French philosopher 1926 - 1984
"Friendship as a Way of Life," interview in Gai pied, April 1981, as translated in Ethics, Subjectivity and Truth (1994), pp. 135-136
„The nature of men’s responsibilities distanced men from feelings, whereas the nature of women’s responsibilities encouraged the expression of feelings.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
„Islam prescribes the bases of social justice. It insures that the poor have claims on the possessions of the rich, and it lays down a just policy for government and finance. It does not need to numb people's feelings and does not call on people to abandon their rights on earth and to expect them only in the Kingdom of Heaven.“
— Sayyid Qutb Egyptian author, educator, Islamic theorist, poet, and politician 1906 - 1966
Sayyid Qutb and Islamic Activism: A Translation and Critical Analysis of Social Justice in Islam (1996), p. 16
„I feel ashamed for all those in the government and in parliament who refuse to stop the Islamic invasion.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
As quoted in Content and Meaning of National Law in the Context of Transnational Law, edited by Henricus Joseph Snijders & Stefan Vogenauer, page 31, footnote (translation by Rick Lawson)
„The analysis is clear, we have a great problem with Islam, in the Netherlands too. The solution is not so complicated; what is missing are political guts and a feeling of urgency. Immigration from Islamic countries should be forbidden. We must learn to be intolerant with the intolerant, in the street, in the mosque, in court. We must answer hatred and violence by terrorists with exclusion and intolerance and show who the boss in the Netherlands is.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
Den Haag laf tegen islamitisch extremisme http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2005/07/22/den-haag-laf-tegen-islamitisch-extremisme-10580808-a530504, NRC Handelsblad (22 July 2005). Quoted in Tradition and Future of Islamic Education (2009) by Wilna A. J. Meijer, p. 24.
„Where does this road lead?
And where does it go from there?
Even if I imagine [the possibilities]
Of course, I have no clue.
I feel the more I wish to be strong
The weaker my heart becomes
In inverse proportion“
— Ayumi Hamasaki Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress 1978
„I have a feeling it is more or less the same part of my brain which does both [math and music]... they speak to the same place, the same aesthetic...“
— Noam Elkies American mathematician 1966
Response to the question "What is behind this mysterious math-music link?"
— François-Noël Babeuf French political agitator and journalist of the French Revolutionary period 1760 - 1797
„Almost all Muslims, including the most enlightened, feel offended by Rushdie's novel or, rather, by reports they have read or heard about it. Very few people have actually read the dense and tortuous book, but they do not have to. The very idea of using the prophet Muhammad as a character in a novel is painful to many Muslims. The entire Islamic system consists of the so-called Hodud, or limits beyond which one should simply not venture. Islam does not recognize unlimited freedom of expression. Call them taboos, if you like, but Islam considers a wide variety of topics as permanently closed. Most Muslims are prepared to be broad-minded about most things but never anything that even remotely touches their faith... To Muslims religion is not just a part of life. It is, in fact, life that is a part of religion. Muslims cannot understand a concept that has no rules, no limits. The Western belief in human rights, which seems to lack limits, is alien to Islamic traditions... The fact that Rushdie propagated his heresy in a book is of especial significance to Muslims. Islam is the religion of the book par excellence. Few cultures hold the written and printed word in so much awe as Muslims, even though the vast majority are illiterate. When a Muslim wants to clinch an argument he says, 'It is written.“
— Amir Taheri Iranian journalist 1942
"Khomeini's Scapegoat", Times, London, (February 13, 1989).
„Our magnanimous Imam (r. a.) managed to restore our dignity and eliminate the long-standing hegemony of autocracy and colonialism by returning to Islam, by adhering to Islam. He managed to give our people a sense of identity and made them feel that they can stand on their own feet, that they can say "yes" or "no" in the case of essential matters. Our people had been deprived of such things for centuries. It was Islam that gave these things to our people. In any country in any part of the world where the waves of Islamic Awakening are strengthened or started and the people and youth of that country feel that they are moving closer to Islam, there will be this renewed sense of identity and dignity.“
— Ali Khamenei Iranian Shiite faqih, Marja' and official independent islamic leader 1939
Supreme Leader's Speech to Officials on Occasion of Birthday Anniversary of Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) 19/05/2003 http://english.khamenei.ir//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1872&Itemid=4