— Seishirō Itagaki Japanese general 1885 - 1948
To the Sultan of Johore. Quoted in "Key to Japan" - Page 289 - by Willard Price - 1946.
„The Medium here is not the message, quite the opposite: the very medium that we use- the universal intersubjectivity of language-undermines the message.“
— Slavoj Žižek Slovene philosopher 1949
Chapter One (The Drink Before), Vacillating The Semblances
„And here's to the songs we used to sing;
And here's to the times we used to know.
It's hard to hold them in our arms again,
But hard to let them go.“
— Neil Diamond American singer-songwriter 1941
If You Know What I Mean
— Andrew Cuomo 56th Governor of New York 1957
"Cuomo Says America ‘Was Never That Great’ in Jab at Trump Slogan" https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/nyregion/cuomo-maga-trump-.html, New York Times (15 August 2018)
„Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do as we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!“
— Bill Hicks American comedian 1961 - 1994
On the John F. Kennedy assassination
„We never learn, we been here before
Why are we always stuck and running from
— Harry Styles English singer, songwriter, and actor 1994
"Sign of the Times", written by Harry Styles, Jeff Bhasker, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
— Guy Finley American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician 1949
„We do need to ask ourselves, as a society, as a free people, how we came to this pass. Those soldiers were acting in the name of America, and they disgraced its name. We have to ask who authorized them to do so. Who should take responsibility here? We need answers to these questions, and we need to take responsibility as citizens that we get answers, and that accountability is established, right up the chain of command if need be, so that we do not go here again as a country.“
— Michael Ignatieff professor at Harvard Kennedy School and former Canadian politician 1947
„If Adenauer were here with us in the sauna, we could see for ourselves that Germany is and will remain divided but also that Germany never will rise again.“
— Nikita Khrushchev First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1894 - 1971
Said during a late night visit to a sauna with Finland's president Kekkonen in June 1957. Translated from Våldets århundrade (2001) by Max Jakobson, p. 220
„Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.
Farewell, fellow Americans.“
— John McCain politician from the United States 1936
Context: Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.
„Reconquer the streets, the markets – the public spaces, with the same message of opposition: We are devastated, but we will not give up. With torches and roses, we deliver this message to the world: We do not let fear break us. And we do not let the fear of fear silence us.“
— Jens Stoltenberg Norwegian politician, 13th Secretary-General of NATO, 27th Prime Minister of Norway 1959
The City Hall Square Speech, July 25. 2011 ( Aftenposten http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article4185069.ece).