„I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.“

—  Tom Waits
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„Why do I write today? The beauty of
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of our nonentities
stirs me to it“

—  William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
Context: Why do I write today? The beauty of the terrible faces of our nonentities stirs me to it: colored women day workers— old and experienced— returning home at dusk, in cast off clothing faces like old Florentine oak. "Apology"

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„Let me tell you the truth. The truth is what is, and what should be is a fantasy. A terrible, terrible lie that someone gave to the people long ago.“

—  Lenny Bruce comedian and social critic 1925 - 1966
as quoted by Paul Krassner in Lenny Bruce: Swear to tell the truth 1998 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0175844/

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„The terrible beautiful Life.“

—  Roger Raveel painter 1921 - 2013
version in original Flemish (citaat van Roger Raveel, in het Vlaams): Het verschrikkelijke mooie leven. title of his painting / installation - including birdcage and two living canaries, Raveel made in 1965 (translation: Fons Heijnsbroek)

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„It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, "I am terribly sorry. I'm tired."“

—  Paul Newman American actor and film director 1925 - 2008
Upon winning the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actor, (in The Color of Money), after having being nominated seven times; quoted in Tom O'Neil, "Gold Derby," http://goldderby.latimes.com/awards_goldderby/2006/09/an_oscar_finall.html, Los Angeles Times (2006-09-03)

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