„We shall never be safe unless we already understand in our hearts all that the anti-democrats can say, and have provided for it better than they.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Context: Every intrusion of the spirit that says, "I'm as good as you" into our personal and spiritual life is to be resisted just as jealously as every intrusion of bureaucracy or privilege into our politics. Hierarchy within can alone preserve egalitarianism without. Romantic attacks on democracy will come again. We shall never be safe unless we already understand in our hearts all that the anti-democrats can say, and have provided for it better than they. Human nature will not permanently endure flat equality if it is extended from its proper political field into the more real, more concrete fields within. Let us wear equality; but let us undress every night.
„Don't tell me I haven't been good to you.
Don't tell me I have never been there for you.
Don't tell me why
Nothing is good enough.“
— Sarah McLachlan Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter 1968
— James Jones American author 1921 - 1977
Context: "A deathbed promise is the most sacred one there is," she hawked at him from the lungs that were almost, but not quite, filled up yet, "and I want you to make me this promise on my deathbed: Promise me you wont never hurt nobody unless its absolute a must, unless you jist have to do it." "I promise you," he vowed to her, still waiting for the angels to appear. "Are you afraid?" he said. "Give me your hand on it, boy. It is a deathbed promise, and you'll never break it." "Yes maam," he said, giving her his hand, drawing it back quickly, afraid to touch the death he saw in her, unable to find anything beautiful or edifying or spiritually uplifting in this return to God. He watched a while longer for signs of immortality. No angels came, however, there was no earthquake, no cataclysm, and it was not until he had thought it over often this first death that he had had a part in that he discovered the single uplifting thing about it, that being the fact that in this last great period of fear her thought had been upon his future, rather than her own. He wondered often after that about his own death, how it would come, how it would feel, what it would be like to know that this breath, now, was the last one. It was hard to accept that he, who was the hub of this known universe, would cease to exist, but it was an inevitability and he did not shun it. He only hoped that he would meet it with the same magnificent indifference with which she who had been his mother met it. Because it was there, he felt, that the immortality he had not seen was hidden.
„He hooks me up to the gas and I don't feel anything. I'm like "Dude, you need to turn this gas up. He goes, "There are regulations in the State of Nevada stating which, Code One, Section Four..." I'm like, Fuck! And I asked him, I said, "Where did you go to college?" He goes, "Brigham Young." Fuck, dude, turn it up to Catholic. Never let a Mormon set your buzz level. Never. Don't do it. And I'll tell you why. They don't understand "Fucked Up" the way you and I do. They don't. They're guessin', and they're shitty guessers.“
— Ron White American comedian 1956
— Ashleigh Brilliant American author and cartoonist 1933
— Jerry B. Jenkins novelist, biographer 1949
— Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923
— Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
„motherland cradle me
close my eyes
lullaby me to sleep
keep me safe
lie with me
stay beside me
don't go, don't you go“
— Natalie Merchant American singer-songwriter 1963
„Oh the abortion issue, it's a woman's issue. When a woman get pregnant, she don't want to hear shit from the man. Fuck you, motherfuck you, I don't need you. Unless she decides to have the baby and she's like, "Where my check?"“
— Chris Rock American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director 1965
„You don't always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don't ask for... unless it's contagious!“
— Beverly Sills opera soprano 1929 - 2007
Franklyn Broude, as quoted in Sitting on a File Cabinet, Naked, with a Gun: True Stories of Silicon Valley (2009) by Linda McFarland, Joanne Linden and Sharon Turnoy