— Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
— Thomas Hobbes English philosopher, born 1588 1588 - 1679
Context: Leisure is the mother of Philosophy; and Common-wealth, the mother of Peace, and Leisure: Where first were great and flourishing Cities, there was first the study of Philosophy. Context: For as there were Plants of Corn and Wine in small quantity Dispersed in the Fields and Woods, before men knew their vertue, or made use of them for their nourishment, or planted them apart in Fields, and also there have been divers true, generall, and profitable Speculations from the beginning; as being the naturall plants of humane Reason: But they were at first but few in number; men lived upon grosse Experience; there was no Method; that is to say, no Sowing, nor Planting of Knowledge by it self, apart from the Weeds, and common Plants of Errour and Conjecture: And the cause of it being the want of leasure from procuring the necessities of life, and defending themselves against their neighbours, it was impossible, till the erecting of great Common-wealths, it should be otherwise. Leisure is the mother of Philosophy; and Common-wealth, the mother of Peace, and Leisure: Where first were great and flourishing Cities, there was first the study of Philosophy. The Fourth Part, Chapter 46, p. 368.
— H.P. Lovecraft, Night Ocean et autres nouvelles
— Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
— Louis-ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
„A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas — a place where history comes to life.“
— Norman Cousins American journalist 1915 - 1990
American Library Association Bulletin (Oct 1954).
„The erosion of our confidence in the future is threating to destroy the Social and the Political fabric of America. The confidence that we have always had as a people, is not simply some romantic dream, or a proverb in a dusty book, that we read, just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea of which founded our nation and has guided us in our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else. We've always believed in a thing called, progress. We've always had a faith, that the days of our children, would be better than our own. Our people are losing that faith. Fopr the first time in the history of our country, a majority of our people believe, that the next five years, will be worse than the past five years. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the presidency as a place of honor, unitl the shock of Watergate. We've got to stop crying and start sweating. Stop talking and start walking. Working together, with our common faith, we cannot fail.“
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
„We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten“
— Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand: Diaries, 1935-1950