„I’m thinking about the mythical wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Tower of Babel. It’s as if the collective will comes up with something that has resonance on an individual level and so becomes mythic. I can claim to take that as a model for a way of thinking. Art can do it, and I’m going to have a damn good go. I want to occupy the territory, but the territory is an idea and a way of thinking as much as a context that generates objects.“
„The basic totalitarian claim: What I know is everything that needs to be known, and if only it were only manifest in the world, the world would become a utopia. I also think that that's the core idea behind the Tower of Babel. It's the idea that we can build a structure that makes the transcendent unnecessary.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„Everything I do is because of writing. If I go for a walk, it’s because I’m thinking of writing. I go look at flowers, I go look at the garden, I go look at a museum, but it’s all coming back to writing. I don’t really do anything that isn’t about writing, and I don’t really know who I am if I’m not thinking about writing.“
— Jamaica Kincaid Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer 1949
On her obsession with writing in “Jamaica Kincaid: Does Truth Have a Tone?” https://www.guernicamag.com/does-truth-have-a-tone/ in Guernica (2013 Jun 17)
„I didn’t come from a background that had any idea about what contemporary art was, it was not anti or pro, it had nothing to do with it. I do remember something my mother said when I was sixteen. I was going off to college, and I said, “I think I’m going to be an artist, not a professor of philosophy.” They all assumed I would be a professor because I’m good at logic, and she looked at me and she said, “Lawrence, you’ll break your heart.” And I said, “Why?”“
— Lawrence Weiner American artist 1942
And she said, “Art is for rich people and women.” Lawrence Weiner in: Thessaly La Force, " STUDIO VISIT Lawrence Weiner http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2011/02/14/lawrence-weiner/," at theparisreview.org/blog, February 14, 2011.
„Sometimes I feel like I’m actually on the wrong planet. It’s great when I’m in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, ‘What the hell am I doing here?“
— George Harrison British musician, former member of the Beatles 1943 - 2001
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
2010s, 2017, "Faking History To Make The Black Kids Feel Good" http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/16/faking-history-to-make-the-black-kids-feel-good/ The Daily Caller, January 13, 2017
„People vote because they want a job and want the economy expand. Whether it’s energy infrastructure or whether it’s the port or whether it’s ‘I’m willing to work with this president.’ I’m proud. I’m willing to stand up for this president and I’m willing to say ‘I will work with this administration on any single issue that helps Virginia.’ That’s where Ed Gillespie is. That’s where I am. That’s where John Adams is. And guess what? People go: ‘Yeah, I want that for my state. I don’t want that position where the other side is which is nothing.’ So I think that has resonated, and I think it’s working in Virginia and that’s why President Trump got elected—it’s because people are sick and tired of this politics of no.“
— Jill Vogel American politician 1970
GOP Lieutenant Governor Nominee Jill Vogel: Election ‘Beyond Critical,’ Americans ‘Playing for All the Marbles In Virginia’ http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/19/exclusive-gop-lieutenant-governor-nominee-jill-vogel-election-beyond-critical-americans-playing-for-all-the-marbles-in-virginia/ (October 19, 2017)
„I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.“
— Clint Eastwood actor and director from the United States 1930
„I think you’re always worried someone’s going to find out that you’re not the real deal and send you home—I don’t think there’s ever going to be a point where I’m feeling super secure and stable, but I’m really happy and excited with the way my career is going.“
— Claire Holt Australian actress and model 1988
Exclusive: The Australian Actress Hollywood Can't Get Enough Of (June 10, 2016)
„A white person is free to think whatever they want to think, but a black person has to think a certain way. Why do you think I get in so much controversy? People have a model of what they think a black person should think.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
2000s, Justice Thomas to Diane Brady, 2007. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-15/clarence-thomas-brilliantly-breaks-his-silent-streak
„I really think for the good of this world that, if I could have it my way, the whole world would be vegan and straightedge. So that’s why I feel it’s important to create an awareness of this lifestyle, create an awareness of the choices people make. To bring awareness about those lifestyles can bring a positive change, if only on the level of an individual.“
— Davey Havok American singer 1975
Fly magazine, November 2009
„I didn’t swing hard at all. I think I’m going to do the same thing this year. We have two good hitters behind me now and I don’t have to swing so hard.“
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Baseball-related, <big><big>1960s</big></big>, <big>1966</big>, Context: “I never think about that before the season. Toward the end of the year I start thinking about it. Not before. I did it last year by just meeting the ball,” he said. “I didn’t swing hard at all. I think I’m going to do the same thing this year. We have two good hitters behind me now and I don’t have to swing so hard.” He means Donn Clendenon and Willie Stargell. The two hit a total of 41 homers to Clemente’s 10 last year. “They always say we need someone to hit home runs. We got some guys who can now. I don’t care for home runs. I showed ’em I could do it when I hit 23 in 1961. Home runs aren’t that important, though. Not to me, anyway.” On his chances for a third consecutive NL batting title; as quoted and paraphrased in "Clemente Not Thinking of Batting Title" by Milton Richman, in The Cumberland Evening Times (Tuesday, March 15, 1966), p. 12
„Reporter: Bang, there goes your unbeaten run. Can you take it?
Strachan: No, I’m going to crumble like a wreck. I’ll go home, become an alcoholic and maybe jump off a bridge. Umm, I think I can take it, yeah.“
— Gordon Strachan Scottish footballer and manager 1957
Evening Gazette, Oct 5 2010 http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2010/10/05/strachan-s-words-too-much-for-boro-fans-84229-27404292/
„I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake. And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Senate years (2001 – January 19, 2007), Speaking to the Jewish Press (5 September 2006), as quoted in "2006 Audio Emerges of Hillary Clinton Proposing Rigging Palestine Election" http://observer.com/2016/10/2006-audio-emerges-of-hillary-clinton-proposing-rigging-palestine-election by Ken Kurson, Observer (28 October 2016)
I’m out in Hollywood.
I’m 6 foot 5 and I look damn good.
Even on a slow day,
I could have a three way,
Chat with two women at one time.
I’m so much cooler online;
Yeah, I’m cooler online.“
— Brad Paisley American country music singer 1972
Song lyrics, 5th Gear (2007), Online, written by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, and Kelley Lovelace.
— Philip Ó Ceallaigh Irish writer 1968
Notes from a library bar (2006)