„These pages are not my confession; they’re my definition. And I feel, as I begin to write it, that I can write it with some semblance of truth.“
— Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
The Education of the Stoic, Ibid.
„Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1910s, Our Knowledge of the External World (1914), p. 167
„[…] it is now only in letters I write what I feel: not in literature any more, and I seldom say it, because I keep trying to be amusing.“
— E.M. Forster English novelist 1879 - 1970
Commonplace Book (1985), p. 92 (26-2-32)
— Grover Cleveland 22nd and 24th president of the United States 1837 - 1908
Context: I feel as if it were time for me to write to someone who will believe what I write. I have been for some time in the atmosphere of certain success, so that I have been sure that I should assume the duties of the high office for which I have been named. I have tried hard, in the light of this fact, to appreciate properly the responsibilities that will rest upon me, and they are much, too much underestimated. But the thought that has troubled me is, can I well perform my duties, and in such a manner as to do some good to the people of the State? I know there is room for it, and I know that I am honest and sincere in my desire to do well; but the question is whether I know enough to accomplish what I desire. The social life which seems to await me has also been a subject of much anxious thought. I have a notion that I can regulate that very much as I desire; and, if I can, I shall spend very little time in the purely ornamental part of the office. In point of fact, I will tell you, first of all others, the policy I intend to adopt, and that is, to make the matter a business engagement between the people of the State and myself, in which the obligation on my side is to perform the duties assigned me with an eye single to the interest of my employers. I shall have no idea of re-election, or any higher political preferment in my head, but be very thankful and happy I can serve one term as the people's Governor. Letter to his brother Rev. William N. Cleveland (7 November 1882); published in The Writings and Speeches of Grover Cleveland (1892), p. 534.
„The most dangerous form of procrastination is unacknowledged type-B procrastination [putting off important things to do unimportant things], because it doesn't feel like procrastination. You're "getting things done."“
— Paul Graham English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist 1964
"Good And Bad Procrastination"], December 2005, Just the wrong things.
„“What do I ‘feel’?” he sneered… Did you actually ask me what I ‘feel’? I ‘feel’ I’m surrounded by morons!”“
— Malcolm Azania Canadian politician 1969
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain (2007), Chapter 2 “Facing the Ultimate Archenemy” (p. 51)
„I do what I do, and write what I write, without calculating what is worth what and so on. Fortunately, I am not a banker or an accountant. I feel that there is a time when a political statement needs to be made and I make it.“
— Arundhati Roy Indian novelist, essayist 1961