— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
„Do you know what I think of history? … For a while I thought history was something that bitter old men wrote. But Jack loved history so... No one'll ever know everything about Jack. But … history made Jack what he was … this lonely, little sick boy … scarlet fever … this little boy sick so much of the time, reading in bed, reading history … reading the Knights of the Round Table … and he just liked that last song.
Then I thought, for Jack history was full of heroes. And if it made him this way, if it made him see the heroes, maybe other little boys will see. Men are such a combination of good and bad … He was such a simple man. But he was so complex, too. Jack had this hero idea of history, the idealistic view, but then he had that other side, the pragmatic side... his friends were all his old friends; he loved his Irish Mafia.“
— Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis public figure, First Lady to 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy 1929 - 1994
„The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies. Baltimore Evening Sun (12 February 1923)
— Gabriela Mistral Chilean poet-diplomat, writer, educator and feminist. 1889 - 1957
„In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.“
— Anthony Sampson British writer and journalist 1926 - 2004
„Time travel destabilizes history.
History is a child of contingency; so many events depend on critical misunderstandings or transient encounters that even the apocryphal butterfly’s wing is apt to stir up a storm in short order.“
— Charles Stross British science fiction writer and blogger 1964
Chapter 8, “Confessions” (p. 177)
„We deem our love so infinite
Because the Lord is everywhere,
And love awakening is made bright
And bathed in that diviner air.“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
„I am amused at my relations with her: left so ardent in January – and now what? Also I like her presence and her beauty. Am I in love with her? But what is love? Her being 'in love' with me, excites and flatters; and interests. What is this 'love'?“
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
Thursday 20 May 1926
„I am no longer in love with her, that's certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.“
— Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
„So, we'll go no more a roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„There is a fair woman in the west,
who is as bright as sunlight.
She wears a dress of the finest silk
and jewelry shines from her left, her right.
Her face is a charm, so full of grace,
lightly perfuming the breeze.
Climbing upward, she keeps watch for her loved one,
holding her sleeves, she faces the morning sun.
She hovers, she drifts through the sky,
waving her sleeves, she dances,
flies like the wind, like a cloud, in [a] trance.
Every so often, she glances at me,
but for me this beauty is out of reach.
Left alone, I lament my fate.“
— Ruan Ji One of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove 210 - 263
Poem XIX, translated by Wu Fusheng and Graham Hartill in The Poem of Ruan Ji (2006), p. 39, as reported in Constructing Irregular Theology (2009) by Paul S. Chung, p. 13
— Emma Goldman anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches 1869 - 1940
Context: Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage? Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. "Marriage and Love" in Anarchism and Other Essays (1911)
„Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.“
— Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change