— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
„I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would“
— Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer 1941
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
— George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1758) : When you're an Anvil, hold you still, When you're a Hammer, strike your Fill.
„Lay me on an anvil, O God.
Beat me and hammer me into a crowbar.
Let me pry loose old walls.
Let me lift and loosen old foundations.“
— Carl Sandburg American writer and editor 1878 - 1967
"Prayers of Steel" (1920)
— Charles Lindbergh American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist 1902 - 1974
"Is Civilization Progress?" in Reader's Digest (July 1964)
„Since I would rather make of him an able man than a learned man, I would also urge that care be taken to choose a guide with a well-made rather than a well-filled head.“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
Book I, Ch. 26
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
Context: If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land. I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land... Well I got a hammer, And I got a bell, And I got a song to sing, all over this land. It's the hammer of Justice, It's the bell of Freedom, It's the song about Love between my brothers and my sisters, All over this land. "If I Had A Hammer" (1949) Though Seeger composed the music of this song the lyrics were actually written by fellow member of The Weavers, Lee Hays.
— Russell T. Davies Screenwriter, former executive producer of Doctor Who 1963
— Robert S. McNamara American businessman and Secretary of Defense 1916 - 2009
Quoted in: Charles A. Stevenson (2006), SECDEF: The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense http://books.google.com/books?id=2NXbS5AG_8QC&pg=PA28, p. 28