— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
— Elizabeth Haydon, libro The Floating Island
Origine: The Floating Island
„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)
Song lyrics, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970)
— George Herbert Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest 1593 - 1633
Jacula Prudentum (1651)
— 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.
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)
„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)
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
"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.
Contesto: 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.
— Russell T. Davies Screenwriter, former executive producer of Doctor Who 1963
— Don Imus Radio personality 1940 - 2019
Imus in the Morning, (29 March 2007)
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/seven-days-in-utopia-2011 of Seven Days in Utopia (31 August 2011)
Reviews, One-star reviews
— 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
— Margaret Atwood, libro Surfacing
Lady Oracle (1976)