— Terry Pratchett, livro Equal Rites
Fonte: Equal Rites
— Terry Pratchett, livro Equal Rites
Fonte: Equal Rites
— Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons
Fonte: Dealing with Dragons
— Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950), Part I: It Seems There Were Two Egyptians, Cheops, or Khufu
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Fonte: 1920s, Prejudices, Third Series (1922), Ch. 3 "Footnote on Criticism", pp. 85-104
Contexto: Truth, indeed, is something that is believed in completely only by persons who have never tried personally to pursue it to its fastness and grab it by the tail. It is the adoration of second-rate men — men who always receive it as second-hand. Pedagogues believe in immutable truths and spend their lives trying to determine them and propagate them; the intellectual progress of man consists largely of a concerted effort to block and destroy their enterprise. Nine times out of ten, in the arts as in life, there is actually no truth to be discovered; there is only error to be exposed. In whole departments of human inquiry it seems to me quite unlikely that the truth ever will be discovered. Nevertheless, the rubber-stamp thinking of the world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that error and truth are simply opposites. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it has been cured of one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one. This is the whole history of the intellect in brief. The average man of today does not believe in precisely the same imbecilities that the Greek of the Fourth Century before Christ believed in, but the things that he does believe in are often quite as idiotic.
Perhaps this statement is a bit too sweeping. There is, year by year, a gradual accumulation of what may be called, provisionally, truths — there is a slow accretion of ideas that somehow manage to meet all practicable human tests, and so survive. But even so, it is risky to call them absolute truths. All that one may safely say of them is that no one, as yet, has demonstrated that they are errors. Soon or late, if experience teaches us anything, they are likely to succumb too. The profoundest truths of the Middle Ages are now laughed at by schoolboys. The profoundest truths of democracy will be laughed at, a few centuries hence, even by school-teachers.
— Haruki Murakami, livro South of the Border, West of the Sun
Variante: People want to be bowled over by something special. Nine times out of ten you can forget, but that tenth time, that peak experience, is what people want. That's what can move the world. That's art.
Fonte: South of the Border, West of the Sun
— Helen Rowland American journalist 1875 - 1950
A Guide to Men (1922)
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
— James A. Garfield American politician, 20th President of the United States (in office in 1881) 1831 - 1881
"Elements of Success", as published in President Garfield and education. Hiram college memorial (1882), compiled by B. A. Hinsdale, p. 331
— Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818
Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 446-450.
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1933
In response to the question “How many women would be enough” [on the Supreme Court] during interview https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/chat-women-supreme-court-11976773 with Diane Sawyer at The Women’s Conference (Long Beach, California, October 26, 2010)
— Tom Holt, livro Flying Dutch
Flying Dutch (1991)
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Lever à six, coucher à dix,
Dîner à dix, souper à six,
Font vivre l'homme dix fois dix.
Inscription in Hugo's dining room, quoted in Gustave Larroumet, La maison de Victor Hugo: Impressions de Guernesey (1895), Chapter III
— Arun Gandhi Indian activist 1934
Occupation "Ten Times Worse than Apartheid" http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_08/179.html, Speech, Palestinian International Press Center, August 29 2004, accessed September 17 2006
— Francois Rabelais, livro Gargantua and Pantagruel
Fonte: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532–1564), Gargantua (1534), Chapter 43.
Contexto: Being come down from thence towards Seville, they were heard by Gargantua, who said then unto those that were with him, Comrades and fellow-soldiers, we have here met with an encounter, and they are ten times in number more than we. Shall we charge them or no? What a devil, said the monk, shall we do else? Do you esteem men by their number rather than by their valour and prowess? With this he cried out, Charge, devils, charge! Which when the enemies heard, they thought certainly that they had been very devils, and therefore even then began all of them to run away as hard as they could drive, Drawforth only excepted, who immediately settled his lance on its rest, and therewith hit the monk with all his force on the very middle of his breast, but, coming against his horrific frock, the point of the iron being with the blow either broke off or blunted, it was in matter of execution as if you had struck against an anvil with a little wax-candle.
— Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
Harp Song of the Dane Women http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_harp.htm, Stanza 3 (1906).
Puck of Pook's Hill 1906
— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Episode 2, Chapter 13-14
The Power of Myth (1988)
Contexto: Campbell: Eternity isn't some later time. Eternity isn't a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. There's a wonderful formula that the Buddhists have for the Bodhisattva, the one whose being (sattva) is illumination (bodhi), who realizes his identity with eternity and at the same time his participation in time. And the attitude is not to withdraw from the world when you realize how horrible it is, but to realize that this horror is simply the foreground of a wonder and to come back and participate in it. "All life is sorrowful" is the first Buddhist saying, and it is. It wouldn't be life if there were not temporality involved which is sorrow. Loss, loss, loss.
Moyers: That's a pessimistic note.
Campbell: Well, you have to say yes to it, you have to say it's great this way. It's the way God intended it.
[Little, Brown and Company, 978-0-316-73009-9, Neville, Art, Neville, Aaron, Neville, Charles, Neville, Cyril, Ritz, David, The Brothers Neville, Boston, 2000, xii–xiii]