„What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.“
— Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
— Roberto Bolaño, The Insufferable Gaucho
„everyone tells you what's good for you. they don't want you to find your own answers. they want you to believe theirs.“
— Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
— Cinda Williams Chima, The Crimson Crown
„The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XLIX
„The best part about being alone is that you really don't have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.“
— Justin Timberlake American singer and actor 1981
„I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright.
I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home.
I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life.
Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone.“
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.