— Alexandra Kollontai Soviet diplomat 1872 - 1952
„All I wanted was a little piece of life, to be married, to have children.... I was trying my damnedest to lead a conventional life, for that was how I was brought up, and it was what my husband wanted of me. But one can't build little white picket fences to keep the nightmares out.“
„I wanted to believe, and I tried my damnedest to believe, in the rainbow I tried to get over, and I couldn't! … So what? Lots of people can't!“
— Judy Garland actress, singer and vaudevillian from the United States 1922 - 1969
As quoted in Judy (1974) by Gerold Frank, p. 566
„There's alot of things I want, a lot of things that I'd like to be.
But girl, I don't foresee a rags-to-riches story for me.
There's just one little dream I've got to come true;
There's just one round I've gotta win,
I can't be a loser with you.
Baby, baby, once in my life, let me get what I want,
Girl, don't let me down!
Just once in my life, let me hold on to one good thing I found!“
— Carole King Nasa 1942
Just Once in My Life (1965), co-written with Gerry Goffin and Phil Spector, first recorded by The Righteous Brothers
„I went through life without looking at it. I know what my life is. My husband, that is public. The songs, those are my children.“
— Dalida French singer, actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder 1933 - 1987
„I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in“
— Cole Porter American composer and songwriter 1891 - 1964
"Don't Fence Me In" (1934)
„I know quite clearly what I want out of my life. Life and my emotions are the only things I am conscious of. I love the consciousness of life and I want as much of it as I can get.“
— Homi J. Bhabha 1909-1966, Indian nuclear physicist 1909 - 1966
Context: I know quite clearly what I want out of my life. Life and my emotions are the only things I am conscious of. I love the consciousness of life and I want as much of it as I can get. But the span of one's life is limited. What comes after death no one knows. Nor do I care. Since, therefore, I cannot increase the content of life by increasing its duration, I will increase it by increasing its intensity. Art, music, poetry and everything else … I do have this one purpose — increasing the intensity of my consciousness of life. As quoted in the "Homi Jehangir Bhabha" profile at the Vigyan Prasar Science Portal http://www.vigyanprasar.gov.in/scientists/bhabha/BHABHANEW.HTM
„When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.
--from WHEN DEATH COMES“
— Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1
„The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart.“
— Hugh MacDiarmid Scottish poet, pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve 1892 - 1978
The Little White Rose
— Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971
Context: I made a mask out of my face because I didn't realize I was quite beautiful. God blessed me so. I practically destroyed it. I had to wear heavy black eyelashes like bat wings, and dark lines under my eyes, and cut all my hair off, my long dark hair. Cut it off and strip it silver and blonde. All those little maneuvers I did out of things that were happening in my life that upset me.
„I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910