„As for the moral status of majority rule, it must be pointed out that it allows for A and B to band together to rip off C, C and A in turn joining to rip off B, and then B and C conspiring against A, and so on.“
— Hans-Hermann Hoppe, livro Democracy: The God That Failed
Democracy - The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order (Transaction: 2001): 104.
Democracy: The God That Failed (2001)
— Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950), Part II: Ancient Greeks and Worse, Hannibal
„On reflection, it is not even clear if military power is a transitive relationship. Until we have defined more explicitly how we are going to measure military power, it is not clear that if A is more powerful than B, and B more powerful than C, that A is more powerful than C.“
— Andrew Marshall the director of the United States Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment 1921 - 2019
Problems of Estimating Military Power, August 1966
Problems of Estimating Military Power (August 1966)
— Brian Jacques British fiction writer known for Redwall animal fantasy novels 1939 - 2011
„Valmiki (14th - 15th century B. C.), the author of the epic Ramayana, bears comparison with Homer.“
— Vālmīki Legendary Indian poet, author of the Ramayana
„When either sex suppresses the expression of feelings, it’s almost always b/c they don’t feel there is a safe environment to express them.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Fonte: Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say (2000), p. 16.
„That’s the a, b, c of politics. It ain’t easy work to get up to q and z. You have to give nearly all your time and attention to it. p. 20“
— George Washington Plunkitt New York State Senator 1842 - 1924
Chapter 4, Reformers Only Mornin’ Glories
„In physics we have outgrown archer and apple-pie definitions of the fundamental symbols. To a request to explain what an electron really is supposed to be we can only answer, "It is part of the A B C of physics."“
— Arthur Stanley Eddington British astrophysicist 1882 - 1944
The external world of physics has thus become a world of shadows. In removing our illusions we have removed the substance, for indeed we have seen that substance is one of the greatest of our illusions. Later perhaps we may inquire whether in our zeal to cut out all that is unreal we may not have used the knife too ruthlessly. Perhaps, indeed, reality is a child which cannot survive without its nurse illusion. But if so, that is of little concern to the scientist, who has good and sufficient reasons for pursuing his investigations in the world of shadows and is content to leave to the philosopher the determination of its exact status in regard to reality. In the world of physics we watch a shadowgraph performance of the drama of familiar life. The shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper. It is all symbolic, and as a symbol the physicist leaves it. Then comes the alchemist Mind who transmutes the symbols. The sparsely spread nuclei of electric force become a tangible solid; their restless agitation becomes the warmth of summer; the octave of aethereal vibrations becomes a gorgeous rainbow. Nor does the alchemy stop here. In the transmuted world new significances arise which are scarcely to be traced in the world of symbols; so that it becomes a world of beauty and purpose — and, alas, suffering and evil.
The frank realisation that physical science is concerned with a world of shadows is one of the most significant of recent advances.
The Nature of the Physical World (1928)
„And at last we've got to the end of this ideal racecourse! Now that you accept A and B and C and D, of course you accept Z."
"Do I?" said the Tortoise innocently. "Let's make that quite clear. I accept A and B and C and D. Suppose I still refused to accept Z?"
"Then Logic would take you by the throat, and force you to do it!" Achilles triumphantly replied. "Logic would tell you, 'You can't help yourself. Now that you've accepted A and B and C and D, you must accept Z!' So you've no choice, you see."
"Whatever Logic is good enough to tell me is worth writing down," said the Tortoise. "So enter it in your notebook, please. We will call it
(E) If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true.
Until I've granted that, of course I needn't grant Z. So it's quite a necessary step, you see?“
— Lewis Carroll, livro What the Tortoise Said to Achilles
"I see," said Achilles; and there was a touch of sadness in his tone.
"What the Tortoise Said to Achilles", Mind, n.s., 4 (1895), pp. 278–80
„What is to prevent one from telling truth as he laughs, even as teachers sometimes give cookies to children to coax them into learning their A B C?“
— Horace, livro Satires
Book I, satire i, line 24
Satires (c. 35 BC and 30 BC)
Original: (la) Quamquam ridentem dicere verum quid vetat? ut pueris olim dant crustula blandi doctores, elementa velint ut discere prima.
„Man (in B major) asks: When? When? Nature, (in C Major) answers from the depths Never, never, never will the weather improve.“
— Richard Strauss German composer and orchestra director 1864 - 1949
Whilst composing Also Sprach Zarthustra, Strauss made this joke about the Bavaria weather to his friend, the conductor Max von Schillings. Quoted in Kurt Wilhelm, Richard Strauss - an intimate portrait, page 73.
„In the algebra of fantasy, A times B doesn't have to equal B times A. But, once established, the equation must hold throughout the story.“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
"The Flat-Heeled Muse", Horn Book Magazine (1 April 1965)
„The astonishing cluster of them [geniuses] that appeared in Athens during the fifth and fourth centuries B. C. …what changed was the culture, which allowed exceptional minds to flourish.“
— Peter Farb American academic and writer 1929 - 1980
Man's Rise to Civilization (1968)
„Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C. B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.“
— Chris Rock American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer, and director 1965
„Try to say nothing negative about anybody.
a) for three days
b) for forty-five days
c) for three months
See what happens to your life.“
— Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933
„George Bernard Shaw is said to have told W. S. C.:
Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come and bring a friend—if you have one.
W. S. C. to G. B. S.:
Impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend the second—if there is one.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Version given in Irrepressible Churchill: A Treasury of Winston Churchill’s Wit by Kay Halle, 1966
Apocryphal, originally featured Noël Coward and Randolph Churchill (Winston’s son); attested 1946 (columnist Walter Winchell, attributed to anonymous United Press journalist in London). Originally only featured first half about lack of friend; second half (retort about lack of second performance) attested 1948, as was replacement of personages by George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Specific plays added in later variants, ranging from Man and Superman (1903) to Saint Joan (1923), and appeared in biographies and quote collections from the 1960s.
The quote is presumably apocryphal due to earliest attestations being too different, less famous personages (easily replaced by more famous ones), the quotation becoming more elaborate in later versions, the 20+ year gap between putative utterance and first attestation, and the approximately 50 year gap between putative utterance and appearance in reference works, all as undocumented hearsay.
Detailed discussion at “ Here are Two Tickets for the Opening of My Play. Bring a Friend—If You Have One http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/03/25/two-tickets-shaw/”, Garson O’Toole, Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/, March 25, 2012.