— Kambri Crews American storyteller 1971
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„I had the greatest difficulty in explaining to people that there is no hidden, coded meaning in the film, nothing beyond the desire to tell the truth. Often my assurances provoked incredulity and even disappointment. Some people evidently wanted more: they needed arcane symbols, secret meanings.“
— Kambri Crews American storyteller 1971
„To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others“
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
„People are even more reluctant to admit that man explains nothing, than they were to admit that God explains nothing.“
— Ernest Gellner Czech anthropologist, philosopher and sociologist 1925 - 1995
Legitimation of Belief (1974), p. 99
— Tom Lehrer American singer-songwriter and mathematician 1928
AV Club interview (2000)
„People ask what are my intentions with my films — my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer: I try to tell the truth about the human condition, the truth as I see it.“
— Ingmar Bergman Swedish filmmaker 1918 - 2007
Context: People ask what are my intentions with my films — my aims. It is a difficult and dangerous question, and I usually give an evasive answer: I try to tell the truth about the human condition, the truth as I see it. This answer seems to satisfy everyone, but it is not quite correct. I prefer to describe what I would like my aim to be. There is an old story of how the cathedral of Chartres was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Then thousands of people came from all points of the compass, like a giant procession of ants, and together they began to rebuild the cathedral on its old site. They worked until the building was completed — master builders, artists, labourers, clowns, noblemen, priests, burghers. But they all remained anonymous, and no one knows to this day who built the cathedral of Chartres. Regardless of my own beliefs and my own doubts, which are unimportant in this connection, it is my opinion that art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. It severed an umbilical cord and now lives its own sterile life, generating and degenerating itself. In former days the artist remained unknown and his work was to the glory of God. He lived and died without being more or less important than other artisans; 'eternal values,' 'immortality' and 'masterpiece' were terms not applicable in his case. The ability to create was a gift. In such a world flourished invulnerable assurance and natural humility. Today the individual has become the highest form and the greatest bane of artistic creation. The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other's eyes and yet deny the existence of each other. We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal. Thus if I am asked what I would like the general purpose of my films to be, I would reply that I want to be one of the artists in the cathedral on the great plain. I want to make a dragon's head, an angel, a devil — or perhaps a saint — out of stone. It does not matter which; it is the sense of satisfaction that counts. Regardless of whether I believe or not, whether I am a Christian or not, I would play my part in the collective building of the cathedral. Four Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman (1960).
„I had in my soul the greatest truths to tell, but when I came to the work of telling them I couldn't do it.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
The Bicycle Rider In Beverly Hills (1952)
„It’s not so much that nothing means
anything but more that it keeps meaning
there’s no release, just gurus and self-
appointed gods and hucksters.
the more people say, the less there is to say.
even the best books are dry sawdust.“
— Charles Bukowski, livro The People Look Like Flowers at Last
— Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980
Take Today : The Executive as Dropout (1972), Context: Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity. You can actually dissipate a situation by giving it maximal coverage. As to alarming people, that's done by rumours, not by coverage. (p. 92)
„If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.“
— George Orwell, livro A Revolução dos Bichos
Original preface to Animal Farm; as published in George Orwell: Some Materials for a Bibliography (1953) by Ian R. Willison Sometimes paraphrased as "Liberty is telling people what they do not want to hear."
— Jessica Lynch Recipient of the Purple Heart medal 1983
Congressional testimony (2007)
„Well to me betraying the age means exposing its conceits, it's foibles; it's phony moral certitudes. It means telling the secrets of the age and facing harsher truths.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
PENN Address (2004), Context: There's a truly great Irish poet. His name is Brendan Kennelly, and he has this epic poem called the Book of Judas, and there's a line in that poem that never leaves my mind, it says: "If you want to serve the age, betray it." What does that mean, to betray the age? Well to me betraying the age means exposing its conceits, it's foibles; it's phony moral certitudes. It means telling the secrets of the age and facing harsher truths.
„The incentives that people need to work and to find meaning in their lives should be found beyond material wealth and power.“
— Didier Sornette French scientist 1957
Why Stock Markets Crash - Critical Events in Complex Systems (2003), Chapter 10, 2050: The End Of The Growth Era?, p. 390.
„Moving among wretched people in mean places, as I often saw him do, he had the impulses of a saint but not the serenity.“
— Alistair Cooke British journalist and broadcaster 1908 - 2004
Six Men (1977), About Adlai Stevenson
He wrote secret notes to people he hadn't met yet. Some of them aren't even born, he said, but we live in a strange neighborhood & they will need help figuring things out & I won't always be around to explain it to them.“
— Brian Andreas American artist 1956
„We are often unable to tell people what they need to know because they want to know something else.“
— George MacDonald, livro Lilith
Lilith (1895), Chapter 9