— Tim Bowler, livro Frozen Fire
Fonte: Frozen Fire
“Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798)”, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, trans. (Pennsylvania University Press:1968) #31
Athenäum (1798 - 1800)
Contexto: Prudishness is pretense of innocence without innocence. Women have to remain prudish as long as men are sentimental, dense, and evil enough to demand of them eternal innocence and lack of education. For innocence is the only thing which can ennoble lack of education.
— Tim Bowler, livro Frozen Fire
Fonte: Frozen Fire
— William Faulkner, livro The Town
Gavin Stevens in Ch. 15
The Town (1957)
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
As quoted in A Walt Disney World Resort Outing : The Only Vacation Planning Guide Exclusively for Gay and Lesbian Travelers (2002) by Dann Hazel and Josh Fippen, p. 211
Contexto: I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child "innocence". The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars.
— Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998
The Clerk's Vision (1949)
Contexto: The world stretches out before me, the vast world of the big, the little, and the medium. Universe of kings and presidents and jailors, of mandarins and pariahs and liberators and liberated, of judges and witnesses and the condemned: stars of the first, second, third and nth magnitudes, planets, comets, bodies errant and eccentric or routine and domesticated by the laws of gravity, the subtle laws of falling, all keeping step, all turning slowly or rapidly around a void. Where they claim the central sun lies, the solar being, the hot beam made out of every human gaze, there is nothing but a hole and less than a hole: the eye of a dead fish, the giddy cavity of the eye that falls into itself and looks at itself without seeing. There is nothing with which to fill the hollow center of the whirlwind. The springs are smashed, the foundations collapsed, the visible or invisible bonds that joined one star to another, one body to another, one man to another, are nothing but a tangle of wires and thorns, a jungle of claws and teeth that twist us and chew us and spit us out and chew us again. No one hangs himself by the rope of a physical law. The equations fall tirelessly into themselves.
And in regard to the present matter, if the present matters: I do not belong to the masters. I don't wash my hands of it, but I am not a judge, nor a witness for the prosecution, nor an executioner. I do not torture, interrogate, or suffer interrogation. I do not loudly plead for leniency, nor wish to save myself or anyone else. And for all that I don't do and for all that they do to us, I neither ask forgiveness nor forgive. Their piety is as abject as their justice. Am I innocent? I'm guilty. Am I guilty? I'm innocent. (I'm innocent when I'm guilty, guilty when I'm innocent. I'm guilty when … but that is another song. Another song? It's all the same song.) Guilty innocent, innocent guilty, the fact is I quit.
— Albert Camus, livro The Myth of Sisyphus
The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Absurd Man
Contexto: There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules. There is but one moral code that the absurd man can accept, the one that is not separated from God: the one that is dictated. But it so happens that he lives outside that God. As for the others (I mean also immoralism), the absurd man sees nothing in them but justifications and he has nothing to justify. I start out here from the principle of his innocence.
That innocence is to be feared. "Everything is permitted," exclaims Ivan Karamazov. That, too, smacks of the absurd. But on condition that it not be taken in a vulgar sense. I don't know whether or not it has been sufficiently pointed out that it is not an outburst of relief or of joy, but rather a bitter acknowledgment of a fact.
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
"Are There Arithmetics" (28 May 1927) [written in 1923]
— Graham Greene, livro The Quiet American
Pt. III, ch. 2, pg 216
The Quiet American (1955)
— Warren Farrell, livro The Myth of Male Power
Fonte: The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part III: Government as substitute husband, p. 255.
— Joe Hill Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World 1879 - 1915
— Toni Morrison, livro Tar Baby
Tar Baby (1981)
— Richard Rodríguez American journalist and essayist 1944
Brown : The Last Discovery of America (2003)
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
Tears and Saints (1937)
— Philip Larkin, livro The Whitsun Weddings
The Whitsun Weddings (1964)
— Susan Hill, livro The Woman in Black
Fonte: The Woman in Black
— Abbie Hoffman American political and social activist 1936 - 1989
Fonte: Revolution for the Hell of It (1968), p. 183.
— John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009
Fonte: Self-Consciousness : Memoirs (1989), Ch. 1