— Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
„Roark smiled, "Gail, if this boat were sinking, I'd give my life to save you. Not because it's any kind of duty. Only because I like you, for reasons and standards of my own. I could die for you. But I couldn't and wouldn't live for you.“
— Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
„If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that.“
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
Campaign rally, Madison, Wisconsin (18 February 2008) http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/764fosie.asp
„Because of you, each day is a melon slice
smelling sweetly of earth
Because of you, all fruits reach out to me
as if I were the sun.
Thanks to you, I live on the honey of hope.
You are the reason my heart beats.
Because of you, even my loneliest nights
smile like an Anatolian kilim on your wall.
Should my journey end before I reach my city,
I've rested in a rose garden thanks to you.
Because of you I don't let death enter,
clothed in the softest garments,
and knocking on my door with songs
calling me to the greatest place.“
— Nâzım Hikmet Turkish poet 1902 - 1963
From Because of You (29 August 1960)
„But you know, my mom having to go to the hospital seven times... like passed out because of pain... I wouldn't come home and sit with my family and be with my dad - I'd call someone up and... I'd go and get obliterated drunk and I'd go, like, on two-week benders.“
— Jack Osbourne Son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 1985
MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
Context: One blue sky above us One ocean lapping all our shore One earth so green and round Who could ask for more And because I love you I'll give it one more try To show my rainbow race It's too soon to die. "My Rainbow Race" (1967)
„You know, I have such an appreciation for where I am in my life because I've struggled and because I couldn't get signed, and because I couldn't get played on the radio, … There are times when it can be a lot to deal with but always when I get up in the morning I try to find that very joyful place that reminds me that I would die if someone took it all away. If someone did that I wouldn't be a person anymore.“
— Lady Gaga American singer, songwriter, and actress 1986
„I live only because it is in my power to die when I choose to: without the idea of suicide, I'd have killed myself right away.“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995