„The local rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song.
They serenade the weekend squire
Who just came out to mow his lawn.
Another pleasant valley Sunday.
Charcoal burning everywhere.
Rows of houses that are all the same.
And no one seems to care.“
„Rows of houses, all bearing down on me,
I can feel their blue hands touching me,
All these things into position,
All these things we'll one day swallow whole.
And fade out again,
And fade out…“
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
Lyrics, The Bends (1995), Street Spirit (Fade Out)
„We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.“
— Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963), Christopher
„I've burned my own house down, the torch is in my hand.
Now I'll burn down the house of anyone who wants to follow me.“
— Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518
Bijak, The Bijak of Kabir (1983;2002) as translated by Linda Hess and Shukdeo Singh.
„He did not know their songs, and only listened and was borne along on the music, until from up front there came sweeping back wave by wave down the great slow-moving river of people a tune he knew. He lifted his head high and sang it with them, in his own language as he had learned it: the Hymn of the Insurrection. It had been sung in these streets, in this same street, two hundred years ago, by these people, his people.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle
Hainish Cycle, (1974)
„To stroll on wharves, and in alleys and in streets and in the houses, waiting-rooms, even saloons, that is not a pleasant pastime unless for an artist.“
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
1880s, 1882, As such, one would rather be in the dirtiest place where there is something to draw, than at a tea party with charming ladies. Unless one wants to draw ladies, then a tea party is all right even for an artist. quote in his letter to brother Theo, from The Hague, The Netherlands in Spring 1882; as quoted in Vincent van Gogh, edited by Alfred H. Barr; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935 https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_catalogue_1996_300061887.pdf, p. 34 (letter 190)
— Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Context: The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy. The history of Soviet Russia is a modern example of this ancient practice. I must, in good conscience, protest against any unnecessary suppression of our rights as free men. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats. Voicing opposition to the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950
„…because academics everywhere are forever attacking one another, and I had long since learned that one must never believe what a teacher says of another.“
— Gore Vidal American writer 1925 - 2012
1960s, Julian (1964), Chapter 5
„Wise is the one who learns from another´s mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. The fool keeps making the same mistakes again and again and never learns from them.“
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Celebrating Silence: Excerpts from Five Years of Weekly Knowledge 1995-2000
— Arianna Huffington Greek-American author and syndicated columnist 1950
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, unspecified episode
„We have discovered that what a year ago seemed to be a neglected house is essentially a ruin.
This is not a pleasant fact, and it is not surprising that all of us are rather annoyed and disappointed about it.“
— Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
New Year's Address to the Nation (1991)
„My cousin came over to my house one day just to fool around and we said — he said, some day we should start a rock n' roll group. We could all get together. And I said, I know I guy named Al Jardine who plays bass and could probably sing good. You know. So we went from there.“
— Brian Wilson American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer 1942
CNN interview (2004)
„If anyone doubts this, let them look to Afghanistan, where the Islamic 'street' greeted the fall of tyranny with song and celebration. Let the skeptics look to Islam's own rich history, with its centuries of learning, and tolerance and progress. America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
2000s, 2002, State of the Union address (January 2002)
„We invite them here to learn basic skills and we have even paid for them to do courses at TPAF because that’s what they said they wanted to do. But after that they just move back on the streets and amongst them are some who are renting out their houses.“
— Asenaca Caucau Fijian politician
Statement about beggars, 7 November 2005)