„The problem, of course, was that turning into a monster was the brighter of my two choices. Choice Number 1: I turn into a vampyre, which equals a monster in just about any human’s mind. Choice Number 2: My body rejects the Change and I die. Forever.
So the good news is that I wouldn’t have to take the geometry test tomorrow.“
— Kristin Cast, Marked
— Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882
„People”—Geralt turned his head—“like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves.“
— Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish
Context: “People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”
„When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer.“
— Isaac Bashevis Singer Polish-born Jewish-American author 1902 - 1991
TIME (18 July 1983)
„The horse carries the rider with power and speed. But the rider controls the horse. Talent carries the artist to great heights with power and speed. But the artist directs his talent. That is the element of 'consciousness', of 'calculation' in the work – or whatever else one chooses to call it.“
— Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944
„I'm calm," Rachel insisted. "Every time I'm around you, some monsters attack us. What's to be nervous about?"
"Look," I said. "I'm sorry about the band room. I hope they didn't kick you our or anything."
"Nah. They asked me a lot of questions about you. I played dumb."
"Was it hard?" Annabeth asked.“
— Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
„Can you imagine how terrible it is when you've got everything and you're still desperately lonely? That is awful beyond words.
I'm so powerful on stage that I seem to have created a monster. When I'm performing I'm an extrovert, yet inside I'm a completely different man.“
— Freddie Mercury British singer, songwriter and record producer 1946 - 1991
As quoted in "Rock On Freddie" (1985). <!-- and "Queen star dies after Aids statement" in The Guardian (25 November 1991) http://century.guardian.co.uk/1990-1999/Story/0,,112639,00.html -->
„Don't call a woman a bitch. Call her an ass-hole. It still gets your point across and it's not sexist.“
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
„If your body goes in search of a relationship, we call this sexuality. If your mind goes in search of relationships, we call this companionship. If your emotion goes in search of relationships, we call this love. If your energies go in search of relationship, we call this yoga.“
— Sadhguru, Life and Death in One Breath
„Nature consists of the elements given by the senses. Primitive man first takes out of them certain complexes of these elements that present themselves with a certain stability and are most important to him. The first and oldest words are names for "things". … The sensations are no "symbols of things". On the contrary the "thing" is a mental symbol for a sensation-complex of relative stability. Not the things, the bodies, but colours, sounds, pressures, times (what we usually call sensations) are the true elements of the world.“
— Ernst Mach Austrian physicist and university educator 1838 - 1916
p. 23, as quoted in Lenin as Philosopher: A Critical Examination of the Philosophical Basis of Leninism (1948) by Anton Pannekoek, p. 454