— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned
„You’ve got to look at life clearly. No rose-colored glasses. The human race is not very admirable. It was a big mistake of God’s . . . The more I see of people, the more bitter I become.“
— Alphonse de Lamartine French writer, poet, and politician 1790 - 1869
From Count d'Orsay's Letter to John Forster (1850)
„Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.“
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Context: This book, Les Misérables, is no less your mirror than ours. Certain men, certain castes, rise in revolt against this book, — I understand that. Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that does not prevent them from being of use. As for myself, I have written for all, with a profound love for my own country, but without being engrossed by France more than by any other nation. In proportion as I advance in life, I grow more simple, and I become more and more patriotic for humanity.
„You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.“
— Arthur Ashe American tennis player 1943 - 1993
— Jim Carrey Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer 1962
„The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere.“
— E.M. Forster English novelist 1879 - 1970
Context: Democracy is not a beloved Republic really, and never will be. But it is less hateful than other contemporary forms of government, and to that extent it deserves our support. It does start from the assumption that the individual is important, and that all types are needed to make a civilization. It does not divide its citizens into the bossers and the bossed — as an efficiency-regime tends to do. The people I admire most are those who are sensitive and want to create something or discover something, and do not see life in terms of power, and such people get more of a chance under a democracy than elsewhere. They found religions, great or small, or they produce literature and art, or they do disinterested scientific research, or they may be what is called "ordinary people", who are creative in their private lives, bring up their children decently, for instance, or help their neighbours. All these people need to express themselves; they cannot do so unless society allows them liberty to do so, and the society which allows them most liberty is a democracy.
„As civilization develops, we become more preoccupied with human life, and less conscious of our relation to non-human nature. Literature reflects this, and the more advanced the civilization, the more literature seems to concern itself with purely human problems and conflicts. The gods and heroes of the old myths fade away and give place to people like ourselves.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
— Pierre Bonnard French painter and printmaker 1867 - 1947