— Allen Ginsberg American poet 1926 - 1997
„I wanted to find out where the idea came from that all over the world people have to be assembled in specific groups of not less than fifteen, otherwise it's not a class, not more than forty, otherwise they are underprivileged, for yearly, not less than 800 hours, otherwise they don't get enough, not more than 1,100 hours, otherwise it's considered a prison, for four-year periods by somebody else who has undergone this for a longer time.“
— Ivan Illich, Context: During the late sixties I had a chance to give a dozen addresses to people who were concerned with education and schooling. I asked myself, since when are people born needy? In need, for instance, of education? Since when do we have to learn the language we speak by being taught by somebody? I wanted to find out where the idea came from that all over the world people have to be assembled in specific groups of not less than fifteen, otherwise it's not a class, not more than forty, otherwise they are underprivileged, for yearly, not less than 800 hours, otherwise they don't get enough, not more than 1,100 hours, otherwise it's considered a prison, for four-year periods by somebody else who has undergone this for a longer time. How did it come about that such a crazy process like schooling would become necessary? Then I realized that it was something like engineering people, that our society doesn't only produce artifact things, but artifact people. And that it doesn't do that by the content of the curriculum, but by getting them through this ritual which makes them believe that learning happens as a result of being taught; that learning can be divided into separate tasks; that learning can be measured and pieces can be added one to the other; that learning provides value for the objects which then sell in the market. And it's true. The more expensive the schooling of a person, the more money he will make in the course of his life. This in spite of the certainty, from a social science point of view, that there's absolutely no relationship between the curriculum content and what people actually do satisfactorily for themselves or society in life.
— Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress 1946
„It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have - otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.“
— Chinua Achebe Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic 1930 - 2013
„Without sex it would be so easy to choose appropriate people to live with. Sex was the joker in an otherwise rational deck.“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
— Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter 1974
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
— W.E.B. Du Bois American sociologist, historian, activist and writer 1868 - 1963
John Brown: A Biography (1909): "The Legacy of John Brown"
— Homér, The Odyssey
VIII. 585–586 (tr. G. H. Palmer).
„You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.“
— Marguerite Duras French writer and film director 1914 - 1996
„The thing I want more than anything else? I want to have children. I used to feel for every child I had, I would adopt another.“
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
— Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934
Response to a reporter seeking an interview during a vacation with her husband in Brittany, who mistaking her for a housekeeper, asked her if there was anything confidential she could recount, as quoted in Living Adventures in Science (1972), by Henry Thomas and Dana Lee Thomas <!-- Pierre died in 1906, so this comment dates to before that time, possibly to a trip in 1897 --> Variant: In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons. This is stated to be a declaration she often made to reporters, in Madame Curie : A Biography (1937) by Eve Curie Labouisse, as translated by Vincent Sheean, p. 222
— Ian Fleming English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer 1908 - 1964
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940