— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
„While I am sure there are a number of women who secretly wonder whether they are lesbian, most simply have, somewhere, a fantasy about having sex, in a non-defining, non-exclusive way, with other women.“
— Nigella Lawson British food writer, journalist and broadcaster 1960
As written in "Sapphism is more than designer-dykery" by Nigella Lawson in The Guardian http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,416467,00.html (31 December 2000)
„There is not a single criterion which can serve as the measure of the non-existent, of the non-human.“
— Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Alternate translation: Not one of our mortal gauges is suitable for evaluating non-existence, for making judgments about that which is not a person. Ни одна наша смертная мерка не годится для суждения о небытии, о том, что не есть человек.
— Clarice Lispector Brazilian writer 1920 - 1977
An Apprenticeship, or The Book of Delights (1968)
„Half the humans are women, so I think half the scientists should be women - a legacy of my parents.“
— Bill Nye American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist and former mechanical engineer 1955
„My spiritual quest has always been to bring me closer to my purpose in life, a better relationship with the force that brought me into existence, and how to relate to fellow human beings.“
— Dawud Wharnsby Canadian musician 1972
Context: When it comes to "Islam" — I look at the word as the verbal noun it is: an action word. I see Islam as something someone does, not something someone "belongs to". I believe that "religion", as the world commonly knows it today, is a divisive factor in community. When I was about 15 years old, I renounced a belief in the importance of "religion", seeking rather to find answers to life's questions. My spiritual quest has always been to bring me closer to my purpose in life, a better relationship with the force that brought me into existence, and how to relate to fellow human beings. When I was 17, I started reading scriptures from around the world and the more I read the more commonality I saw between them all. When I discovered the Qur'an at the age of 20, it seemed to be the most organic in its message. I got out of "religion" and got into life. To this day, I renounce a trust in the institutions of "religion".
— Benoît Mandelbrot Polish-born, French and American mathematician 1924 - 2010
„I seem to be able to only see the positive things in life and the beautiful things in life and when I see, for instance, garbage or ugliness, then I turn my back or I seem to be able to skip it.“
— Imelda Marcos Former First Lady of the Philippines 1929
Quoted in "Imelda (2003).
„Creation exists for its Creator. Years of anthropocentrism have almost completely obscured this simple but fundamental point. What follows from this is that animals should not be seen simply as means to human ends. The key to grasping this theology is the abandoning of the common but deeply erroneous view that animals exist in a wholly instrumental relationship to human beings.“
— Andrew Linzey British theologian and divine 1952
„The object of all religious activity is to mingle the human and the non-human, and the lower gods represent that which is cast back to the human from the non-human – human gods merely, practice-gods who embody the errors which man makes in first conceiving the non-human.“
— Laura Riding Jackson poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer 1901 - 1991
"The Bull-Fight" from Essays from Epilogue (Manchester: Carcanet, 2001)