„On the way I drank in the words of A.E. Van Vogt and was stunned by what I saw there. He became a deep influence for the next year.
As it turned out, I didn't become A.E. Van Vogt, no one else could, and when I finally met him was pleased to see that the man was as pleasant to be with as were his stories.“
„My feelings were reaffirmed during the summer of 1968 as a result of the lingering stench of racism in Savannah and the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. No matter what the reasons were, I closed out the sixties as one angry young man waiting on the revolution that I was certain would soon come. I saw no way out. I, like many others, felt the deep chronic agony of anomie and alienation. All seemed to be defined by race. We became a reaction to the 'man', his ominous reflection.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
1990s, I Am a Man, a Black Man, an American (1998)
„He stood with his back angled to the wall. To an indifferent observer he was simply in idle conversation, but it wasn't like that at all. This was an instinctive gesture of survival, being in constant readiness for an attack. His head didn't turn and his eyes didn't seem to move, but I knew he saw us. I could feel the hackles on the back of my neck stiffening and I knew he felt the same way.
Dog was meeting dog. Nobody knew it but the dogs and they weren't telling.
He was bigger than I thought. The suggestion of power I had seen in his photographs was for real. When he moved it was with the ponderous grace of some jungle animal, dangerously deceptive, because he could move a lot faster if he had to.
When we were ten feet away he pretended to see us for the first time and a wave of charm washed the cautious expression from his face and he stepped out to greet Dulcie with outstretched hand.
But it wasn't her he was seeing. It was me he was watching. I was one of his own kind. I couldn't be faked out and wasn't leashed by the proprieties of society. I could lash out and kill as fast as he could and of all the people in the room, I was the potential threat. I knew what he felt because I felt the same way myself.“
— Mickey Spillane American writer 1918 - 2006
The Body Lovers (1967)
„Montag, you're looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the "guilty," but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself.“
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
„I met Beckett at my brother’s [ w:Geert van Velde, also an abstract painter] place. That was a Big meeting [circa 1938, in Paris], in capital letters. It was before war started, life was still normal. That time I was very lonely. We saw each other often. Before the war he had published already something, but his fame came in 1953. We never spoke about his work. He was a taciturn man. Sometimes a word escaped from his mouth. Sure, a word you would never forget. It would stick in your head… This friendship with Beckett is the most important experience in my life. He was fully alive for my way of working. What he could express in words, I did with my paintings.“
— Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981
1970's, In: article "Schilder Bram van Velde in Dordrecht," in: NRC Handelsblad by Paul Groot, 1979 (English translation: Charlotte Burgmans) About his contact with Beckett in Paris, before and during World War 2.
„The brutality of the Old Testament inspired me, the stories and grand gestures. I wrote that stuff up and it influenced the way I saw the world. What I'm trying to say is I didn't walk around in a rage thinking God is a hateful god. I was influenced by looking at the Bible, and it suited me in my life vision at the time to see things in that way. …. After a while I started to feel a little kinder and warmer to the world, and at the same time started to read the New Testament.“
— Nick Cave Australian musician 1957
God and religion, "Interview with Old Nick" http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/feb/23/popandrock.features, The Guardian (February 23, 2008)
„While a man was walking along a road, he became very thirsty and found a well. He lowered himself into the well, drank, and came out. Then [he saw] a dog protruding its tongue out with thirst. The man said: "This dog has become exhausted from thirst in the same way as I." He lowered himself into the well again and filled his shoe with water. He gave the dog some water to drink. He thanked God, and [his sins were] forgiven. The Prophet was then asked: "Is there a reward for us in our animals?"“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Sunni Hadith, He said: "There is a reward in every living thing." Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 104
„See, this CD is in stores. The only way I could get my old CD into a store is if I were to take one in and leave it. Then the guys says "Sir, you forgot this!" "No, I did not. That is for sale. Please alphabetize it."“
— Mitch Hedberg American stand-up comedian 1968 - 2005
Mitch All Together (2003)
„This stranger had the key
To any door he wished — with his eyes, I say What kind of majiks, of majiks?
What kind of man —
Can make me turn and see the way I really am?“
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
Song lyrics, Numbers (1974), Majik of Majiks
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
2010s, As quoted in "Prince Harry has Tea with Michelle Obama at Kensington Palace" in Parade (16 June 2015) https://parade.com/405676/roisinkelly/prince-harry-has-tea-with-michelle-obama-at-kensington-palace/; also in "Michelle Obama UK visit: 'When I look at young British Muslim women, I see myself'" by Mikey Smit, Mirror Online (16 June 2015) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/michelle-obama-uk-visit-when-5892335 — the misquotation used in this particular headline was widely re-quoted as an actual quote of Michelle.
„I have always accepted and respected all other schools of architecture, from the chill and elemental structures of Mies van der Rohe to the imagination and delirium of Gaudi. I must design what pleases me in a way that is naturally linked to my roots and the country of my origin.“
— Oscar Niemeyer Brazilian architect 1907 - 2012
Quoted in "Gordon Bunshaft and Oscar Niemeyer: Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates 1988" http://www.pritzkerprize.com/bunnei.htm#...about%20Oscar%20Niemeyer, pritzkerprize.com (1988).
„His name was Howard, but by the way he said it, none of us were able to figure out what his name was for the first few days. Still, I liked him, so one day I tackled him out on the playground and we started wrestling on the grass.“
— Victor Villaseñor American writer 1940
Burro Genius: A Memoir (2004)