„Soldiers live. He dies and not you, and you feel guilty, because you're glad he died, and not you. Soldiers live, and wonder why.“
— Glen Cook, Soldiers Live
Context: “It doesn’t make much sense, does it?” my darling whispered to me. “People go at the oddest times and from the oddest causes.” “Soldiers live,” I muttered. “You’re turning that into a mantra.” “You feel guilty. You wonder why him and not me, then you’re glad it was him and not you, then you feel guilty. Soldiers live. And wonder why.” Chapter 99, “By the Military Cemetery: Missing Persons” (p. 664)
„It was the first time I had ever made love. I wondered if he knew that. It felt like crying. I wondered, Why does anyone ever make love?“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„You're dangerous."he says.
Because you make me believe in the impossible."
— Simone Elkeles (Rules of Attraction)“
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton Suffragist and Women's Rights activist 1815 - 1902
„It should now be clear that "wonder" and philosophizing are connected with each other in a more essential sense than may at first appear in the statement, "Philosophy begins in wonder." For wonder is not merely the beginning, in the sense of initium, the first stage or phase of philosophy. Rather, wonder is the beginning in the sense of the "principle" (principium), the abiding, ever-intrinsic origin of philosophizing. It is not true to say that the philosopher, insofar as he philosophizes, ever "emerges from his wonder" — if he does depart from his state of wonder, he has ceased to philosophize.“
— Josef Pieper German philosopher 1904 - 1997
„I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for thousands of years. Or just not exist..“
— Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Compare: "It ain't no use to sit and sigh now, darlin." Paul Clayton, Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone).