— Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955
— Javier Cercas Spanish writer, journalist and professor of Spanish literature 1962
— Will Durant American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
The Story of Civilization
„The blood of the heroes is closer to God than the ink of the philosophers and the prayers of the faithful.“
— Julius Evola Italian philosopher and esotericist 1898 - 1974
Revolt Against the Modern World
„If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.“
— Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82
„Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.“
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791
— Emily Brontë English novelist and poet 1818 - 1848
— Tove Jansson Finnish children's writer and illustrator 1914 - 2001
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
— Michael Ende German author 1929 - 1995
— Clive Barker author, film director and visual artist 1952
„Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.“
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
„In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive. Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts…“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Letters and Papers from Prison