„Don't cry, Alfred! I need all my courage to die at twenty.“
Ne pleure pas, Alfred ! J'ai besoin de tout mon courage pour mourir à vingt ans !
„I may cry, ruining my makeup
Wash away all the things you've taken
And I don't care if I don't look pretty
Big girls cry when their hearts are breaking“
— Sia (musician) Australian singer 1975
Songs, Big Girls Cry, 1000 Forms of Fear (2014). Cowritten with Christopher Braide
„And if I die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take but please don't cry, just know that I have made these songs for you, and if I die before I wake I pray the lord my soul to take cause I'm ready for a funeral“
— Kid Cudi American rapper, singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor from Ohio 1984
Music, -The Prayer
— Helen Fisher, Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
— Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963
Open House (1941), Context: My secrets cry aloud. I have no need for tongue. My heart keeps open house, My doors are widely swung. An epic of the eyes My love, with no disguise. "Open House," ll. 1-6
„(…) Now people with courage are needed. It is better to die, facing life with courage. To live as a coward is shameful – it is better that the coward drown himself in the river. (…) Awake! Arise! Be brave!“
— Haidakhan Babaji teacher in northern India
Courage and alertness, Source: The Teachings of Babaji, 5 July 1983.
„Don't wish me happiness — I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor — I will need them all.“
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh, libro Gift from the Sea
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971), Letter to Corliss Lamont on her engagement (1928)
— Stephen Foster American songwriter 1826 - 1864
Context: Oh I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee, I'm going to Louisiana, my true love for to see It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry The sun so hot I froze to death; Susanna, don't you cry. Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me For I come from Alabama, With my banjo on my knee. Oh! Susanna, W.C. Peters & Co. (1848).
„When, I was just a baby,
My mama told me, son
Always be a good boy,
Don't ever play with guns.
But I shot a man in Reno
Just to watch him die.
When I hear that whistle blowin'
I hang my head and cry.“
— Johnny Cash American singer-songwriter 1932 - 2003
Song lyrics, Folsom Prison Blues
— Nikos Kazantzakis, libro Report to Greco
Report to Greco (1965), Author's Introduction, p. 15