„The Police report said they stabbed this guy 51 times.... bludgeoned him in the head with a heavy object 13 times and they shot him twice.... so I figure this guy's by the door on the way out going.... YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE YET, DO YOU?!.... YOU HAVEN'T SHOVED A CHAINSAW UP MY ASS YET!.... MY HEAD'S STILL ON MY TORSO!!.... I'M GLAD YOU FUCKERS CAN HANDLE YOUR HIGH!“
— Sam Kinison American comedian 1953 - 1992
On Manson-family murder victim Wojciech Frykowski
— Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958
„Times change so quickly that if you and I don't keep up with the times, we'll find ourselves with an umbrella in our hand, over our head, when the sun is out. Or we'll find ourselves standing in the rain, with the umbrella inside the door.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
„In these fast and fickle times, it’s nice to know that there are some things you can always count on: the enduring brilliance of the last page of The Great Gatsby; the near-religious harmonies of the Beach Boys’ “California Girls”; and the lifelong friendship of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.“
— Sarah Vowell American author, journalist, essayist and social commentator 1969
„I warn't never meant to be a lady, I know that now. I got streaks of wildness in me that trip me up every time, and just like streaks in clothes, there's some dirt that just won't wash out.“
— L.A. Meyer, Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
„My hair was pulled. I was hit with belts. So was the kid next door, and so was the kid next door. It was just the way it was. Many of the children I've seen were broken by their parents, which was the German-Austrian mentality. Break the will. They didn't want to create an individual.... It was all about conforming. I was one who did not conform and whose will could not be broken. Therefore I became a rebel. Every time I got hit, and every time someone said, 'You can't do this,' I said, 'This is not going to be for much longer, because I'm going to move out of here... of course, I had no plan how.“
— Arnold Schwarzenegger actor, businessman and politician of Austrian-American heritage 1947
Fortune magazine (August 2004).
„the old place of the Quoyles, half ruined, isolated, the walls and doors of it pumiced by stony lives of dead generations. The aunt felt a hot pang. Nothing would drive them out a second time.“
— Annie Proulx American novelist, short story and non-fiction author 1935
„MAGGIE: Did you have a good time?
HILDA: The affair ran the usual course. Fever, boredom, trapped.
MAGGIE: Hot, rinse, spin dry.“
— Donald Barthelme American writer, editor, and professor 1931 - 1989
“The Conservatory” [play], p. 292.
„[In response to this question by Bill Moyers: What do you see happening to the idea of dignity to human species if this population growth continues at its present rate? ] "It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up, you have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, aren't you through yet, and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies.“
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popula... 1920 - 1992
Interview by Bill Moyers on Bill Moyers' World Of Ideas (17 October 1988); transcript http://www.pbs.org/moyers/faithandreason/print/pdfs/woi%20asimov1.pdf (page 6) - audio (20:12) http://www.pbs.org/moyers/faithandreason/media_players/asimovwoi_audio.html
„No magical alarm sounded, though I did hit my head five times on a pebble†.
†Once each on five different pebbles. Not the same pebble five times. Just want to make that clear. Sometimes you human beings are so dense.“
— Jonathan Stroud British writer of fantasy fiction 1970