„Better to flee from death than feel its grip.“
XIV. 80–81 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Richmond Lattimore's translation:
: There is no shame in running, even by night, from disaster.
The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Originale: (el) Οὐ γάρ τις νέμεσις φυγέειν κακόν, οὐδ' ἀνὰ νύκτα.
βέλτερον ὃς φεύγων προφύγῃ κακὸν ἠὲ ἁλώῃ.
Contesto: No shame in running,
fleeing disaster, even in pitch darkness.
Better to flee from death than feel its grip.
„The premonition of death may for many be a stimulus to novelty of experience: the imminence of death serves to sweep away the inessential preoccupations for those who do not flee from the thought of death into triviality.“
— David Riesman American Sociologist 1909 - 2002
“Clinical and Cultural Aspects of the Aging Process,” p. 485
Individualism Reconsidered (1954)
— Henri Barbusse, libro Il fuoco
Variant translation: Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide.
Under Fire (1916), Ch. 1 - The Vision
— Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.44 p. 192
— Russell T. Davies Screenwriter, former executive producer of Doctor Who 1963
Doctor Who Confidential Series 2, Episode 5, "Cybermen" http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/confidential/index5.shtml (Doctor Who documentary series, 2005)
„Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battle-field than to live a life of defeat.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Call to the Nation
„Death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. … Retaliation is a prescription from God. … We must rise up and kill those who kill us... Let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.“
— Louis Farrakhan leader of the Nation of Islam 1933
August 15, 2015 http://www.wnd.com/wnd_video/farrakhan-retaliation-we-must-rise-up-and-kill-those-who-kill-us/ (15 August 2015)
— Nora Roberts, Midnight Bayou
Origine: Midnight Bayou
„You think I'm gonna feel better eatin' a carrot? Get a grip. There's two idiots out there trying to kill me, and you think I'm gonna waste my last breath on a vegetable? (Lula)“
— Janet Evanovich, libro Finger Lickin' Fifteen
Origine: Finger Lickin' Fifteen
— Charlotte Brontë, libro The Professor
Origine: The Professor (1857), Ch. XXIV
— Georges Bataille French intellectual and literary figure 1897 - 1962
The Marquis de Sade, cited by Bataille in Erotism: Death and Sensuality
Erotism: Death and Sensuality (1962)
— Joseph Addison, libro Cato
Act I, scene iv.
Cato, A Tragedy (1713)
„Who's to say that my light is better than your darkness? Who's to say death is better than your darkness? Who am I to say?“
— Daniel Keyes, libro Fiori per Algernon
Origine: Flowers for Algernon
„She made me feel better than I have ever felt, better than I imagined I could feel, and it scared me, it scared me to the point of paralysis.“
— James Frey, libro In un milione di piccoli pezzi
Origine: A Million Little Pieces