— Auguste Rodin French sculptor 1840 - 1917
„Traditional Chinese characters carry both cultural significance and artistic values and promoting these characters has nothing to do with any political stance. It's very important for us not to sacrifice the characters for tourism.“
Ma Ying-jeou (2014) cited in: " No plans to promote use of simplified characters: Ma http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/01/02/2003580339" in Taipei Times, 2 January 2014.
Statement made during a calligraphy activity in Grand Hotel in Taipei, 1 January 2014.
„One has very little influence upon one's children. Their characters are what they are and one can do nothing to change them.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Family Life
„A mellow understanding of life and of human nature is, and always has been, the Chinese ideal of character, and from that understanding other qualities are derived, such as pacifism, contentment, calm and strength of endurance which distinguish the Chinese character.“
— Lin Yutang Chinese writer 1895 - 1976
Fonte: My Country and My People (1935), p. 43
„It seemed to me that it was possible to translate light, forms, and character using nothing but color, without recourse to values.“
— Pierre Bonnard French painter and printmaker 1867 - 1947
„Business of a private and important character, which cannot be neglected without great pecuniary sacrifice, has induced me to make this the occasion of tendering my resignation.“
— Daniel McCallum Canadian engineer and early organizational theorist 1815 - 1878
Resignation letter, 1857
„My character is self-important, poorly informed, well-intentioned, but an idiot… So we said, "Let's give him a promotion."“
— Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964
"Colbert spoofs cable news on Daily Show spinoff" Associated Press report (31 October 2005)
„When some English moralists write about the importance of having character, they appear to mean only the importance of having a dull character.“
— G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens
Fonte: Charles Dickens (1906), Ch. 10 "The Great Dickens Characters"
„Chuang Tzu continued to exert an influence on all cultured Chinese thought, since he never ceased to be recognized as one of the great writers and think ers of the classical period. The subtle, sophisticated, mystical Taoism of Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu has left a permanent mark on all Chinese culture and on the Chinese character itself.“
— Thomas Merton Priest and author 1915 - 1968
"The Way Of Chuang Tzu".
The Way of Chuang-Tzŭ (1965)
Contexto: The humor, the sophistication, the literary genius, and philosophical insight of Chuang Tzu are evident to anyone who samples his work. But before one can begin to understand even a little of his subtlety, one must situate him in his cultural and historical context. That is to say that one must see him against the background of the Confucianism which he did not hesitate to ridicule, along with all the other sedate and accepted schools of Chinese thought, from that of Mo Ti to that of Chuang's contemporary, friend, and constant opponent, the logician Hui Tzu. One must also see him in relation to what followed him, because it would be a great mistake to confuse the Taoism of Chuang Tzu with the popular, de generate amalgam of superstition, alchemy, magic, and health culture which Taoism later became.
The true inheritors of the thought and spirit of Chuang Tzu are the Chinese Zen Buddhists of the Tang period (7th to 10th centuries A. D.). But Chuang Tzu continued to exert an influence on all cultured Chinese thought, since he never ceased to be recognized as one of the great writers and think ers of the classical period. The subtle, sophisticated, mystical Taoism of Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu has left a permanent mark on all Chinese culture and on the Chinese character itself. There have never been lacking authorities like Daisetz T. Suzuki, the Japanese Zen scholar, who declare Chuang Tzu to be the very greatest of the Chinese philosophers. There is no question that the kind of thought and culture represented by Chuang Tzu was what transformed highly speculative Indian Buddhism into the humorous, iconoclastic, and totally practical kind of Buddhism that was to flourish in China and in Japan in the various schools of Zen. Zen throws light on Chuang Tzu, and Chuang Tzu throws light on Zen.
„Flaubert spoke true: to succeed a great artist must have both character and fanaticism and few in this country are willing to pay the price.“
— Cyril Connolly, livro The Unquiet Grave
Part III: La Clé des Chants (p. 93)
The Unquiet Grave (1944)
Contexto: Flaubert spoke true: to succeed a great artist must have both character and fanaticism and few in this country are willing to pay the price. Our writers have either no personality and therefore no style or a false personality and therefore a bad style; they mistake prejudice for energy and accept the sensation of material well-being as a system of thought.
„We moved from what cultural historians call a culture of character to a culture of personality. During the culture of character, what was important was the good deeds that you performed when nobody was looking. … But at the turn of the (20th) century, when we moved into this culture of personality, suddenly what was admired was to be magnetic and charismatic.“
— Susan Cain self-help writer 1968
Cornish, Audie (interviewer), "Quiet, Please: Unleashing 'The Power Of Introverts'," NPR, January 30, 2012.
„The Chinese system must be classified as a syllabic system of writing. More specifically, it belongs to the subcategory that I have labeled meaning-plus-sound syllabic systems or morphosyllabic systems. I use the term morphosyllabic in two senses. The first applies to the Chinese characters taken as individual units. Individual characters are morphosyllabic in the sense that they represent at once a single syllable and a single morpheme (except for the 11 percent or so of meaningless characters that represent sound only). In this usage the term is intended to replace the more widely used expressions logographic, word-syllabic, and morphemic, all of which are applied to individual characters taken as a unit. The second sense of the term refers to the structure of Chinese characters and is intended to draw attention to the fact that, in most cases, a character is composed of two elements, a phonetic grapheme which suggests the syllabic pronunciation of the full character, and a semantic element which hints at its meaning.“
— John DeFrancis American linguist 1911 - 2009
Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems (1989, pp. 115-116) http://pinyin.info/readings/texts/visible/index.html
Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems (1989)
— Cyrus H. Gordon American linguist 1908 - 2001
Fonte: The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (1965 ), Ch.VII Further Observations on Homer
„The famous MacGuffin, the Hitchockian object, the pure pretext whose sole role is to set the story in motion but which is in itself nothing at all - the only significance of the MacGuffin lies in the fact that it has some significance for the characters - that it must seem to be of vital importance to them…“
— Slavoj Žižek, livro The Sublime Object of Ideology
that's a MacGuffin, a pure nothing which is non the less efficient... what Lacan calls object petit a: a pure void which functions as the object cause of desire.
The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989)
„… language has evolved in the service of particular human needs … what is really significant is that this functional principle is carried over and built into the grammar, so that the internal organization of the grammar system is also functional in character.“
— Michael Halliday Australian linguist 1925 - 2018
Fonte: 1970s and later, Learning How to Mean--Explorations in the Development of Language, 1975, p. 16 cited in Constant Leung, Brian V. Street (2012) English a Changing Medium for Education. p. 5.
„I cannot emphasize enough that I do not start with a plan or agenda and mechanically manipulate characters and events to carry it out. I set characters in motion, and let them teach me what the book is.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949
"Women’s Hero Journey : An Interview With Lois McMaster Bujold on Paladin of Souls by Alan Oak at WomenWriters.net (June 2009)
„The new artist-society will consist of painters, sculptors and architects. The founders don’t intend that the character of the union will be determined by one single art movement. They believe that there is room for every important expression of this period and they intend the new union as a gathering place for the best young artists, who will collectively determine the character of the society.“
— Charley Toorop Dutch painter 1891 - 1955
translation from original Dutch: Fons Heijnsbroek
(original Dutch: tekst in circulaire van Charley Toorop, in het Nederlands:) De nieuwe vereeniging zal bestaan uit schilders, beeldhouwers en architecten. De oprichters stellen zich niet op het standpunt, dat het karakter der vereeniging door één enkele kunstrichting bepaald wordt. Zy gelooven dat voor iedere belangrijke uiting van deze tyd plaats is en bedoelen de nieuwe vereeniging als verzamelplaats voor de beste jonge kunstenaars, die gezamenlyk het karakter van de vereeniging bepalen.
text of Charley Toorop, in a circular for possible members of the new artist-society 'A.S.B.', Amsterdam 8 Dec. 1926; in the Archive J.J.P. Oud, Nederlands Architectuur museum, Rotterdam
„Everything of mine which has been filmed so far has been one character short, and that character is me.“
— Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
Between Time and Timbuktu (1972)
Contexto: I have become an enthusiast for the printed word again. I have to be that, I now understand, because I want to be a character in all of my works. I can do that in print. In a movie, somehow, the author always vanishes. Everything of mine which has been filmed so far has been one character short, and that character is me.
„I propose to value them according to their character, and not according to their duties. Each man acquires his character for himself, but accident assigns his duties.“
— Seneca the Younger, livro Epistulae morales ad Lucilium
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter XLVII: On master and slave
„This character wherewith we sink into the grave at death is the very character wherewith we shall reappear at the resurrection.“
— Thomas Chalmers Scottish mathematician and a leader of the Free Church of Scotland 1780 - 1847
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 180.