— John Churton Collins British literary critic 1848 - 1908
„This is not the way it has been done. We would never surprise each other … It's not to say that there's not important information that we could discuss or would be discussed in secret or closed session, but I'm astounded by this. I don't really know what the tenor of this is, what is the justification for it and why this extreme approach was used.“
„I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
Salon interview (1997), Context: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.
„The importance of our connection, what it meant to find each other again, the way it made what happened to us and between us not be a waste, not be for nothing. He would know, he had to know, that not saying good-bye would be the worst end of all.“
— Sara Zarr, Sweethearts
„We have been discussing here that Turkey would take responsibility and the other European countries would make our own contributions to the cause. This way we can extend help near to the crisis, which would make it easier for the migrants to return to their homes once the situation has calmed down.“
— Timo Soini Finnish politician 1962
Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipilä says one way to resolve the Syrian refugee crisis would be through the use of EU quotas. Foreign Minister Timo Soini rejects the idea, saying Turkey should take the main responsibility for stopping the migrants with the EU countries' financial help, quoted on Yle.Fi, "PM willing to raise refugee quota, FM says Turkey should take the lead" http://yle.fi/uutiset/pm_willing_to_raise_refugee_quota_fm_says_turkey_should_take_the_lead/8655373, January 7, 2016.
„I would have left all the Jews in Germany, but put them on an alien status, under alien law, and naturally closed them out of jobs like doctor or lawyer. But why execute them? In that way, strong Jewish influence would have been cast aside and there would be no need for atrocities. Whenever we would have discussions in our own circle, I would mention my solution, whereupon Himmler would say to me, 'Pohl, you are too soft.“
— Oswald Pohl Head of the SS Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt 1892 - 1951
"The Nuremberg Interviews", Therefore, I did my best to keep out of the whole final solution of the Jewish problem.
„What would transparency be if we could delete anything we felt was embarrassing in some way? You know we don't delete.“
— Dave Eggers memoirist, novelist, short story writer, editor, publisher 1970
The Circle (2013), Eamon Bailey, to Mae; p. 372
„The saying, "Thought by thought we see our own mistakes," also means that the highest Way is in discussion with others.“
— Tsunetomo Yamamoto Samurai 1659 - 1719
Hagakure (c. 1716), Context: To hate injustice and stand on righteousness is a difficult thing. Furthermore, to think that being righteous is the best one can do and to do one's utmost to be righteous will, on the contrary, bring many mistakes. The Way is in a higher place than righteousness. This is very difficult to discover, but it is the highest wisdom. When seen from this standpoint, things like righteousness are rather shallow. If one does not understand this on his own, it cannot be known. There is a method of getting to this Way, however, even if one cannot discover it by himself. This is found in consultation with others. Even a person who has not attained this Way sees others from the side. It is like the saying from the game of go: "He who sees from the side has eight eyes." The saying, "Thought by thought we see our own mistakes," also means that the highest Way is in discussion with others.
„The world never knows, and cannot for the life of it imagine, what this man sees in that maid and that maid in this man. The world cannot think why they fell in love with each other. But they have their reason, their beautiful secret, that never gets told to more than one person; and what they see in each other is what they show to each other; and it is the truth.“
— Eleanor Farjeon English children's writer 1881 - 1965
Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard (1922), Context: The world never knows, and cannot for the life of it imagine, what this man sees in that maid and that maid in this man. The world cannot think why they fell in love with each other. But they have their reason, their beautiful secret, that never gets told to more than one person; and what they see in each other is what they show to each other; and it is the truth. Only they kept it hidden in their hearts until the time came. And though you and I may never know why this lane is called Shelley's, to us both it will always be the greenest lane in Sussex, because it leads to the special secret I spoke of.
„We may be surrounded by some greater reality, to which we are oblivious. And even if we could somehow perceive it in some entirely new way, it is extremely doubtful we would be able to comprehend what we perceived.“
— Louis Sachar, The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker
„I don't know if I ever really get mad in real life. It's what my shrink was saying to me all those years: You need to get mad! I think rage is so ugly. I just think there's a way to be mad and discuss it.“
— Jennifer Aniston television and film actress from the United States 1969
Interview for Vogue magazine (December 2008)
„I can't give you answers on what we know and don't know, other than what's charged in the indictment. It's not because I enjoy being in that position. It's because the law is that way. I actually think the law should be that way. We can't talk about information not contained in the four corners of the indictment.“
— Patrick Fitzgerald American lawyer 1960
Fitzgerald News Conference from nytimes.com (October 28, 2005) http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/politics/28text-fitz.html?pagewanted=all
„Monetary policy is a serious issue. We should discuss this in secret, in the Eurogroup […] I'm ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious […] I am for secret, dark debates.“
— Jean-Claude Juncker Luxembourgian politician 1954
2011, Jean-Claude Juncker, 20 April 2011, quoted in " Eurogroup chief: 'I'm for secret, dark debates' http://euobserver.com/9/32222", EUobserver, 21 April 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
„For too long, the powers that be in this country have been able to explain these inequalities--why there are higher levels of poverty among Blacks, why there's higher unemployment, why Blacks go to the worst schools--by saying that we don't care. They blame the parents, and they blame the individuals for their success or failures. And at no point is there a discussion about the society that we live in and the way it's organized. There's no discussion about how the system sets up people to fail, it sets up people to be poor, it sets up people to be unemployed.“
— Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor American academic and author 1950
The fight against racism doesn't stop here (2013)
„See, you're like all the others. But don't you understand that we can't quarrel? We love each other. If I could hate him the way I hate myself, then of course I would abuse him. But neither of us deserves it. See?“
— Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
The Beach (1941), Chapter 3, p. 20