„Riding the train gives him too much time to think, he has decided. Too much thinking can ruin you.“
— Judith Guest, Ordinary People
Fonte: Ordinary People
— Judith Guest, Ordinary People
Fonte: Ordinary People
— Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
1963 interview, used in The Century of the Self (2002)
Contexto: My argument with so much of psychoanalysis, is the preconception that suffering is a mistake, or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness, when in fact, possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people's suffering; that the problem is not to undo suffering or to wipe it off the face of the earth but to make it inform our lives, instead of trying to cure ourselves of it constantly and avoid it, and avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call "happiness." There's too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man, rather than freeing him. Of defining him rather than letting him go. It's part of the whole ideology of this age, which is power-mad.
— Jun Hong Lu Australian Buddhist leader 1959
Quotes from Word of Wisdoms Vol.3
Original: (zh_Hant) 放下執著，才能破除我執。 我們做人不能有煩惱， 有煩惱的人一定是把自己 看得太大、太高了。
— Ted Williams American professional baseball player 1918 - 2002
As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations (2007) edited by Wayne Stewart, p. 360
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
Fonte: A Writer's Diary
— Oscar Wilde, livro O Retrato de Dorian Gray
Fonte: The Picture of Dorian Gray
— Kurt Vonnegut, Happy Birthday, Wanda June
"Col. Looseleaf Harper"
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1970)
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
De Abaitua interview (1998)
Contexto: I understand that the word ‘occult’ means hidden, but surely that is not meant to be the final state of all this information, hidden forever. I don’t see why there is any need to further obscure things that are actually lucid and bright. Language and strange terminology – to keep them as some private mystery. I think there is too much darkness in magic. I can understand that it is part of the theatre. I can understand Aleister Crowley – who I think was a great intellect that was sometimes let down by his own flair for showmanship — but he did a lot to generate the scary aura of the magician that you find these sad, Crowleyite fucks making a fetish of. The ones who say ‘oh we’re into Aleister Crowley because he was the wickedest man in the world, and we’re also into Charles Manson because we’re bad. And we are middle-class as well, but we’re bad’. There are some people who seek evil – I don’t think there is such a thing as evil – but there are people who seek it as a kind of Goth thing. That just adds to the murk to what to me is a very lucid and flourescent subject. What occultism needs is someone to open the window, it’s too stuffy and it smells. Let’s get some fresh air, throw open the curtains – I can’t go for that posturing, spooky guy stuff. When they wanted me to do Fortean TV it became apparent that they wanted me to be Spooky Bloke. But I’m not actually trying to look spooky. I dress in black because it makes me look less fat, it’s as simple as that. It’s not a gothic flourish. I don’t want to be thought of as a figure of mystery or a master of the occult, surely this is about illumination, casting light on things. I’m an illuminist, that’d do for me.
— Gillian Flynn, livro Em Parte Incerta
Variante: You drink a little too much and try a little too hard. And you go home to a cold bed and think, That was fine. And your life is a long line of fine.
Fonte: Gone Girl
— Margaret Chase Smith Member of the United States Senate from Maine 1897 - 1995
As quoted in NEA Journal : The Journal of the National Education Association Vol. 41 (1952) p. 300
Contexto: One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking. I am not advocating in the slightest that we become mutes with our voices stilled because of fear of criticism of what we might say. That is moral cowardice. And moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. The importance of individual thinking to the preservation of our democracy and our freedom cannot be overemphasized. The broader sense of the concept of your role in the defense of democracy is that of the citizen doing his most for the preservation of democracy and peace by independent thinking, making that thinking articulate by translating it into action at the ballot boxes, in the forums, and in everyday life, and being constructive and positive in that thinking and articulation. The most precious thing that democracy gives to us is freedom. You and I cannot escape the fact that the ultimate responsibility for freedom is personal. Our freedoms today are not so much in danger because people are consciously trying to take them away from us as they are in danger because we forget to use them. Freedom unexercised may be freedom forfeited. The preservation of freedom is in the hands of the people themselves — not of the government.
— Richard Brautigan, livro Trout Fishing in America
Fonte: Trout Fishing in America
— Newt Gingrich Professor, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1943
The Politics of Perception
The New Yorker
— Paul Williams (songwriter) American composer, singer, songwriter and actor 1940
Songfacts interview (2007)
Contexto: I think the trick for any songwriter is authenticity. For the young songwriter coming up who is connected to his generation, as I was connected to mine, write honestly about what's going on in the center of your life. You know, when "We've Only Just Begun" was a Number 1 record, I think the Number 1 album in the country was "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." So it was as far away from what was happening in the music scene as you can get. And yet it was a hit. I think it was a hit because of, obviously, Karen's amazing vocal, but I think that any time we write authentically and honestly about what's going on in the center of our chest, because people are so much alike, there's a big a chance that it's going on in the center of your chest, too.