— Thornton Wilder American playwright and novelist 1897 - 1975
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
— Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948
Advice to Red Grange as quoted in The Wicked City: Chicago from Kenna to Capone (1998) by Curt Johnson and R. Craig Sautter, p. 159; Unsourced variant: Don't ever forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.
Contexto: Keed, I'll give you a little bit of advice. Don't believe anything they write about you, good or bad. Two, get the dough while the getting is good, but don't break your heart trying to get it. And don't pick up too many checks!
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
— Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist 1932 - 2016
„Everyone judges plays as if they were very easy to write. They don’t know that it is hard to write a good play, and twice as hard and tortuous to write a bad one.“
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Letter to A.S. Suvorin (May 4, 1889)
„It’s good.’ She chirps the last bit as if that were all to say about a book: It’s good or it’s bad. I liked it or I didn’t. No discussions of the writing, the themes, the nuances, the structure. Just good or bad. Like a hot dog.“
— Gillian Flynn, livro Em Parte Incerta
Fonte: Gone Girl
„A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.“
— Aldous Huxley, livro Point Counter Point
Variante: A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
Fonte: Point Counter Point
— Rasmus Lerdorf Danish programmer and creator of PHP 1968
„I like the observation that Forth is an amplifier: a good programmer can write a great program; a bad programmer a terrible one. I feel no need to cater to bad programmers.“
Quoted in Naomi Hamilton, "The A-Z of Programming Languages: Forth," http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;766897508 Computerworld (2008-06-27)
— Andrew S. Grove Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author 1936 - 2016
Time, TIME: Man Of The Year, Walter, Isaacson, 1997-12-29 http://www.time.com/time/special/moy/grove/opener1.html,
1980s - 1990s
„Trying too hard to be too good, even when trying to be bad, is too good for the bad, too bad for the good.“
— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
From the poems written in English
„I have learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.“
— Leo Burnett American advertising executive 1891 - 1971
„There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones. This is the type that most often writes about himself.“
— W. Somerset Maugham, livro The Summing Up
Ch. 4, p. 11 http://books.google.com/books?id=Ma3RAAAAMAAJ&q=%22There+is+a+sort+of+man+who+pays+no+attention+to+his+good+actions+but+is+tormented+by+his+bad+ones+this+is+the+type+that+most+often+writes+about+himself%22&pg=PA11#v=onepage
The Summing Up (1938)
„Sometimes if you go to see a very, very, happy movie, a Hollywood movie, you can walk out of the movie and feel very depressed because it's so false. And other times you see a very depressing movie and it makes you feel good, happy because you've seen something real. You've seen something that talks to you and says that your bad feelings are legitimate. And then you can go further with that and say, "Well, this bad feeling is good, and this good feeling is bad, but is it good to feel bad and is it bad to feel good?" I'm concerned with feelings. And sometimes when I feel good, I'll write something very negative because I have the strength to do it. But when I really, really feel very bad, what I want to do is make myself feel better, so I'll write something happier.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Quotes from interviews
„It's precisely on the Internet that the majority of the writing is terribly bad and uninteresting.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
In an interview in Page, May 1999
— R. A. Lafferty, livro Fourth Mansions
Fonte: Fourth Mansions (1969), Ch. 4
Contexto: "There was a later time when sincere men tried to build an organization as wide as the world to secure the peace of the world. It had been tried before and it had failed before. Perhaps if it failed this time it would not be tried again for a very long while. The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad. The final realization of it was so close that it could be touched with the fingertips. A gambler wouldn't have given odds on it either way. It teetered, and it almost seemed as though it would succeed. Then members of that group interfered."
"And it failed, O'Claire?"
"No. It succeeded, Foley, as in the other case. It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled."
— Terence V. Powderly American mayor 1849 - 1924
Contexto: Many men, aware of the treatment I received at the hands of Walter Dawson, have asked me why I did not avenge the wrongs he inflicted on me. I am not aware that he did inflict wrong on me … I did some good through being blacklisted. It made me more than determined to perfect an organization that would render blacklisting impossible; it made me mayor of Scranton where I learned that we are all good and bad instead of good or bad. It taught me how to put myself in the place of the vilest, filthiest, lowest-down tramp that comes to me for help. It taught me when men were brought before me for trial how to pierce the veil between cause and effect, between motive and act; it enabled me to come down from the bench as a magistrate, a representative of the law, and before the bar of my own heart, and conscience, place the prisoner then before me on the bench in my stead.
„If you have a government of good laws and bad men, you will have a bad government. For bad men will not be bound by good laws.“
— Robert LeFevre American libertarian businessman 1911 - 1986
Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, “Unlimited Government” (Dec. 29, 1961).