— George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion & My Fair Lady
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
„Having no human companion I felt a spirit of comradeship for the objects of nature around me. In my childish way I communed with these as with my own soul; they became the sharers of my confidence.“
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
„My own ambition, my deepest and truest ambition, is to find within myself someday, somehow, the ability to do likewise, to do NOTHING - and find it enough.“
— Edward Abbey American author and essayist 1927 - 1989
„He seemed so confident that I, remembering my own confidence two nights before and with the baneful result, felt awe and vague terror. It must have been my weakness that made me hesitate to tell it to my friend, but I felt it all the more, like unshed tears.“
— Bram Stoker Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula 1847 - 1912
Dr. John Seward
„No more my heart shall sob or grieve. My days and nights dissolve in God's own Light. Above the toil of life, my soul is a Bird of Fire winging the Infinite.“
— Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007
"Revelation", p. 47
— Anne of Great Britain queen of England, queen of Scotland and queen of Ireland (1702–07); queen of Great Britain (1707–14) 1665 - 1714
Anne's first speech to Parliament, contrasting her Englishness with her predecessor, William III, who was Dutch (11 March 1702), from Cobbett's parliamentary history of England. Volume VI (London: R. Bagshaw, 1810), p. 1661.
— Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
„I gang my own gait and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties I have never lost an obstinate sense of detachment, of the need for solitude — a feeling which increases with the years.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Variant translation: I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude...
— Jean-Andoche Junot French general 1771 - 1813
When needled about his lack of noble ancestry, recounted in Sydney Smith, Saba Holland, A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith (1855), p. 245. Compare: "Curtius Rufus seems to me to be descended from himself", Tacitus recounting a saying of Tiberius, Annals, book xi. c. xxi. 16.; "To Harmodius, descended from the ancient Harmodius, when he reviled Iphicrates [a shoemaker’s son] for his mean birth, 'My nobility,' said he, 'begins in me, but yours ends in you'", Plutarch Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders, Iphicrates (rejected by some critics as not a genuine work of Plutarch).