— Brian Tracy American motivational speaker and writer 1944
— Diane Arbus American photographer and author 1923 - 1971
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410
— Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and co... 1927 - 1996
„The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was.“
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
Context: The truth is I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't. When they found this out, they would blame me for disillusioning them and fooling them. p. 52
„I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful -- awful beyond all -- but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me... or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude. It's being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I'll quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone." I've never thought, "Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I'll feel good." No, that won't help. You know the typical crowd, "Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?" Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!“
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
„I've always been an ironic dreamer, unfaithful to my inner promises.
Like a complete outsider, a casual observer of whom I thought I was,
I've always enjoyed watching my daydreams go down in defeat.
I was never convinced of what I believed in.
I filled my hands with sand, called it gold, and opened them up to let it slide through.
Words were my only truth.
When the right words were said, all was done; the rest was the sand that had always been.“
— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
— Jack Kerouac American writer 1922 - 1969
„People say I'm strange that way,
'Cause I love such elementary things,
It's been my fate to compensate
For the childhood I've never known.“
— Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009
„Don't call a woman a bitch. Call her an ass-hole. It still gets your point across and it's not sexist.“
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
„Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have.“
— Margaret Mead, The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future
„When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.“
— Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991
TIME (18 July 1983)