— Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1819 - 1891
— Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949
— O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi
Context: There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. "The Gift of the Magi"
„Nothing was more likely to aggravate the difficulties of the present situation than any suggestions that our ultimate objective was to unite France, Italy and ourselves against Germany.“
— Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax British politician 1881 - 1959
To the Cabinet (15 March, 1938).
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
Context: There is no tyranny in the world more hateful than that of ideas. Ideas bring ideophobia, and the consequence is that people begin to persecute their neighbors in the name of ideas. I loathe and detest all labels, and the only label that I could now tolerate would be that of ideoclast or idea breaker. Recalled by Walter Starkie from a conversation he had with Unamuno, as related in the Epilogue of Unamuno http://books.google.com/books?id=u8DG-eCTtM4C&lpg=PR1&dq=Unamuno&pg=PA240#v=onepage&q=%22There%20is%20no%20tyranny%20in%20the%20world%20more%20hateful%20than%20that%20of%20ideas%22&f=false.
— Wayne W. Dyer American writer 1940 - 2015
„it's good to have things done with
when they don't work
it's also good not to hate
or even forget
the person you've failed with.“
— Charles Bukowski, Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Context: Folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates ‘em. You’re not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. Pt. 2, ch. 12 Calpurnia
— Zora Neale Hurston American folklorist, novelist, short story writer 1891 - 1960