„Every word is an adamantine shell which encloses a great explosive force.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, libro Report to Greco

"Massacre", Ch. 10, p. 88
Report to Greco (1965)
Contesto: Every word is an adamantine shell which encloses a great explosive force. To discover its meaning you must let it burst inside you like a bomb and in this way liberate the soul which it imprisons.

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scrittore e poeta greco 1883 - 1957

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„A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

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„And if there is any hope for any of us in this giant explosion in which we inhabit then surely that’s it:
Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism!“

—  Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962

A comedic musical tribute to Doctor Who made in November 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9P4SxtphJ4, which was not aired for legal reasons, but "leaked" to the internet, and finally aired with legal clearance on Late Late Show (6 January 2011) http://geeksofdoom.com/2011/01/07/craig-fergusons-doctor-who-musical-finally-airs/The ·  Transcript of lyrics (with some minor errors), online at Forbes (1 December 2010) http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2010/12/01/craig-fergusons-doctor-who-song/
Contesto: In 1963 the BBC premiered a show about an alien
Who traveled through space and time to combat the powers of evil. … 
The show has been running in Britain almost fifty years,
with many different actors in the role of The Doctor. …
One thing is consistent though and this is why the show is so beloved by geeks and nerds —
It's all about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism!
Intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism!
And if there is any hope for any of us in this giant explosion in which we inhabit then surely that’s it:
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„Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion?“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

"Can a Scientific Community Be Stable?," Lecture, Royal Society of Medicine, London (29 November 1949)
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„When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake.“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972

Letter to Bess Wallace (8 September 1918) https://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/ww1/documents/fulltext.php?documentid=1-15
Contesto: Now days battles are just sort of a "You shoot up my town and I'll shoot up yours." They say that Americans don't play fair. They shoot 'em up all the time. I hope so because I want to finish this job as soon as possible and begin making an honest living again... Have fired 500 rounds at the Germans, at my command, been shelled, didn't run away thank the Lord and never lost a man. Probably shouldn't have told you but you'll not worry any more if you know I'm in it than if you think I am. Have had the most strenuous work of my life, am very tired but otherwise absolutely in good condition physically mentally and morally... When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake. I didn't have sense enough to know what was going on until the next day and then I was pretty scared. The men think I am not much afraid of shells but they don't know. I was too scared to run and that is pretty scared.

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„Among the words that can be all things to all men, the word "race" has a fair claim to being the most common, most ambiguous and most explosive.“

—  Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012

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Contesto: Among the words that can be all things to all men, the word "race" has a fair claim to being the most common, most ambiguous and most explosive. No one today would deny that it is one of the great catchwords about which ink and blood are spilled in reckless quantities. Yet no agreement seems to exist about what race means.

„All those words of praise they use for novels – spare, economical. Why should I shell out £17 for economical?“

—  Howard Jacobson British author and journalist 1942

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„We hope the "real" person behind the words will be revealed as ignominiously as a shapeless snail without its shapely shell.“

—  John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009

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„There are no great men, there are only great challenges, which ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.“

—  William Frederick Halsey, Jr. United States admiral 1882 - 1959

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