— Nikolai Gogol Russian writer 1809 - 1852
„The new world will be a place of answers and no questions, because the only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.“
— James Cameron (journalist) British journalist 1911 - 1985
Cameron Country, broadcast on BBC TV, July 12, 1969.
„Those who desire to see the principles of liberty thrive and extend through the world, should cherish, with an almost religious veneration, the prosperity and greatness of England.“
— Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston British politician 1784 - 1865
Context: It is only from England, and from the exertions of England, that any hope can be entertained of the extinction of the slave trade, and of the ultimate abolition of slavery throughout the world; because it is England alone that feels any deep and sincere interest in the matter. England now holds a proud position among the nations of the earth, and exercises a great influence upon the destinies of mankind. That influence is owing, in the first place, to our great wealth, to our unbounded resources, to our military and naval strength. But it is owing still more, if possible, to the moral dignity which marks the character and conduct of the British people... Those who desire to see the principles of liberty thrive and extend through the world, should cherish, with an almost religious veneration, the prosperity and greatness of England. So long as England shall ride preeminent on the ocean of human affairs, there can be none whose fortunes shall be so shipwrecked—there can be none whose condition shall be so desperate and forlorn—that they may not cast a look of hope towards the light that beams from hence; and though they may be beyond the reach of our power, our moral support and our sympathy shall cheer them in their adversity, and shall assist them to bear up, and to hold out, waiting for a better day. Speech in the House of Commons (18 May 1851), quoted in George Henry Francis, Opinions and Policy of the Right Honourable Viscount Palmerston, G.C.B., M.P., &c. as Minister, Diplomatist, and Statesman, During More Than Forty Years of Public Life (London: Colburn and Co., 1852), pp. 429-430.
„Listen to the answer.
There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating.“
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
Context: Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game. Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo. You might say, "The world outside is vast and intricate. There are wheatfields and mountain passes, and orchards in bloom. At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding." You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer. There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating. As quoted in The Enlightened Mind (1991), edited by Stephen Mitchell
„Norman saw on English oak.
On English neck a Norman yoke;
Norman spoon to English dish,
And England ruled as Normans wish;
Blithe world in England never will be more,
Till England's rid of all the four.“
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
Ch. 27, Proverb recited by Wamba to De Bracy and Front-de-Boeuf.
„Consider for a moment what it is like when the people are roused to revolt and get the upper hand of their master, and especially in England. Then there is no stopping it, for they are the most dangerous common people in the world, the most violent and presumptuous. And of all the commons in England the Londoners are the ringleaders.“
— Jean Froissart French writer 1337 - 1405
Considerés que c'est de pueple, quant il s'esmuet et esliève et il a puissance contre son seigneur, et par especial en Angleterre. Là n'y a-il nul remède, car c'est le plus périlleus poeuple commun qui soit au monde et le plus oultrageux et orgueilleux. Et de tous ceulx d'Angleterre Londriens sont chiefs. Book 4, pp. 454-5.
„When you use Google, do you get more than one answer? Of course you do. Well, that’s a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once. We should know what you meant. You should look for information. We should get it exactly right and we should give it to you in your language and we should never be wrong. That’s our challenge.“
— Eric Schmidt software engineer, businessman 1955
Charlie Rose interview, 3 Jun 2005 https://charlierose.com/videos/17574, quoted in An Old Eric Schmidt Interview Reveals Google’s End-Game For Search And Competition https://techcrunch.com/2013/01/04/an-old-eric-schmidt-interview-reveals-googles-end-game-for-search-and-competition/ by TechCrunch (4 Jan 2013).
„to wound the autumnal city.
So howled out for the world to give him a name.
The in-dark answered with wind.“
— Samuel R. Delany American author, professor and literary critic 1942
Part I, "Prism, Mirror, Lens" (p. 1)
„As soon as I came to England, really, I must have about spent two or three months bouncing around the pop world trying to get an idea of what England was. I wasn't really motivated by anything else. And nothing really inspired me. I was really confused about who I was and where I stood in society, you know what I mean? You come there and you just don't know what the hell is going on. And then I remember the first house we stayed in and I watched 'Top of the Pops' and it was like- woah! It was the first music show that I saw on TV. I saw Madonna, Whitney Houston. It was amazing“
— M.I.A. British recording artist, songwriter, painter and director 1975
Interview http://www.desiclub.com/desimusic/desimusic_features/music_article.cfm?id=202 (2006)
— Friedrich List German economist with dual American citizenship 1789 - 1846
— Andy Gray (footballer born 1955) footballer, commentator 1955
Andy thinking England are in with a chance, if they choose their manager carefully.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=370173&in_page_id=1779&in_a_source=&ct=5
„Look to your consciences and remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.“
— Mary, Queen of Scots Scottish monarch and queen consort of France 1542 - 1587
[Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, Guy, John, 2005, Mariner Books, 0618619178]
„I have been to the place, Armenia. There is no nation there, but that is all the better. But I have been to that place, and I know this: that there is no nation in the world, no England and France and Italy, and no nation whatsoever.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Mr. Dumby, Act II
„He who does not know what the world is, does not know where he is. And he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is. But he who has failed in any one of these things could not even say for what purpose he exists himself. What then dost thou think of him who [avoids or] seeks the praise of those who applaud, of men who know not either where they are or who they are?“
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
He that knows not what the world is, knows not where he is himself. He that knows not for what he was made, knows not what he is nor what the world is. VIII, 52
„Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out on 't, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there [Virginia]; for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here.“
— George Chapman English dramatist, poet, and translator 1559 - 1634
Act III, scene ii.