„My unhappiness was the unhappiness of a person who could not say no. I had been intimidated by the fear that if I declined something offered me, a yawning crevice would open between the other person's heart and myself which could never be mended through all eternity.“
The Third Notebook: Part Two
No Longer Human
„I decline the election. — It has ever been my rule through life, to observe a proportion between my efforts and my objects. I have never been remarkable for a bold, active, and sanguine pursuit of advantages that are personal to myself.“
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
Speech at Bristol on declining the poll (9 September 1780)
„… And I, who timidly hate life, fear death with fascination. I fear this nothingness that could be something else, and I fear it as nothing and as something else simultaneously, as if gross horror and non-existence could coincide there, as if my coffin could entrap the eternal breathing of a bodily soul, as if immortality could be tormented by confinement. The idea of hell, which only a satanic soul could have invented seems to me to have derived from this sort of confusion - a mixture of two different fears that contradict and contaminate each other.“
— Fernando Pessoa, livro Livro do Desassossego
Ibid., number 168
The Book of Disquiet
„I, marry? Oh, I could never bring myself to do it. I would have been in mortal misery all my life for fear my wife might say, "That's a pretty little thing," after I had finished a picture.“
— Edgar Degas French artist 1834 - 1917
"Methods of Work" (p. 64)
posthumous quotes, Degas: An Intimate Portrait' (1927)
— Milan Kundera, livro A Insustentável Leveza do Ser
Fonte: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight
„To say a person is a happy person or an unhappy person is ridiculous. We are a thousand different kinds of people every hour.“
— Anthony Doerr American writer 1973
Fonte: Memory Wall
„My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.“
— Mick Jagger British rock musician, member of The Rolling Stones 1943
„The track, to me, was like an open book, in which I could read the meaning and purpose of life. I revered it like I would the sanctum sanctorum in a temple, where the deity resided and before whom I would humbly prostrate myself as a devotee. To keep myself steadfast to my goal, I renounced all pleasures and distractions, to keep myself fit and healthy, and dedicated my life to the ground where I could practice and run. Running had thus become my God, my religion and my beloved“
— Milkha Singh Indian track and field athlete 1935
Stuff for legend: Athlete Milkha Singh's autobiography, 11 July 2013, 13 December 2013, Deccan herald http://www.deccanherald.com/content/344118/stuff-legend-athlete-milkha-singh039s.html,
„But… as bad as it was, I learned something about myself. That I could go through something like that and survive. I mean, I know it could have been worse--a lot worse-- but for me, it was all I could have handled at the time. And I learned from it.“
— Nicholas Sparks, livro Dear John
Fonte: Dear John
„Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book.“
— Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
The Philosophy of Paine (1925)
Contexto: Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp. There is nothing false, little that is subtle, and an impressive lack of the negative in Paine. He literally cried to his reader for a comprehending hour, and then filled that hour with such sagacious reasoning as we find surpassed nowhere else in American letters — seldom in any school of writing.
„Unhappy he who fears the deep
Recesses of his soul to scan!
The heart that from itself would hide
Fears an unfriendly critic's ban.“
— François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis Catholic cardinal 1715 - 1794
Malheureux qui craint de rentrer
Dans la retraite de son âme!
Le coeur qui cherche a s'ignorer
Redoute un censeur qui le blâme.
Les Quatre saisons, ou les Géorgiques françoises, poëme (1763), Chant IV.
Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 154.
— Edith Sitwell British poet 1887 - 1964
As quoted in An Uncommon Scold (1989) by Abby Adams, p. 226
„I would like to be soft and warm. I would be terrified to be that way. I could be hurt if I were soft and warm. I could be hurt by something other than myself. It is harder to be soft than it is to be hard. I could be hurt by something other than myself.“
— James Frey, livro A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces (2003)
„I do not mind if I lose my soul for all eternity. If the kind of God exists Who would damn me for not working out a deal with Him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of such a person.“
— Mary McCarthy, livro Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
"To the Reader"
Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957)
„As my mom has said, when one person is unhappy, it usually means two people are unhappy but that one has not come to terms with it yet.“
— Mindy Kaling, livro Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Fonte: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
„Islam is my religion, but I believe my religion is my personal business. It governs my personal life, my personal morals. And my religious philosophy is personal between me and the God in whom I believe; just as the religious philosophy of these others is between them and the God in whom they believe. And this is best this way. Were we to come out here discussing religion, we’d have too many differences from the outstart and we could never get together.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
The Ballot or the Bullet (1964), Speech in Detroit, Michigan (12 April 1964)
Contexto: Islam is my religion, but I believe my religion is my personal business. It governs my personal life, my personal morals. And my religious philosophy is personal between me and the God in whom I believe; just as the religious philosophy of these others is between them and the God in whom they believe. And this is best this way. Were we to come out here discussing religion, we’d have too many differences from the outstart and we could never get together. [... ] If we bring up religion, we’ll be in an argument, and the best way to keep away from arguments and differences, as I said earlier, put your religion at home in the closet. Keep it between you and your God. Because if it hasn’t done anything more for you than it has, you need to forget it anyway.
„White people scare the crap out of me… I have never been attacked by a black person, never been evicted by a black person, never had my security deposit ripped off by a black landlord, never had a black landlord… never been pulled over by a black cop, never been sold a lemon by a black car salesman, never seen a black car salesman, never had a black person deny me a bank loan, never had a black person bury my movie, and I've never heard a black person say, "We're going to eliminate ten thousand jobs here — have a nice day!"“
— Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
[Stupid White Men ...and Other Excuses For the State of the Nation!, 2001, 0060392452, 49040476]
„There's nothing you could have done that would cause me to cease loving either of you. Will is myself, my own soul, and if I am not to have the keeping of your heart, then there is not other I would rather have that honor.“
— Cassandra Clare, livro Clockwork Princess
Fonte: Clockwork Princess
„I thought how terrible it would have been if, as could so easily have happened, I had died without knowing this depth of satisfaction, this other person that I had just discovered within myself. It was worth any price, any consequence.“
— V.S. Naipaul, livro Half a Life
Half a Life (2001)