— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
„One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
~ (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist.“
— Andy Rooney writer, humorist, television personality 1919 - 2011
„It is the saddest sight in the world. Sadder than destitution, sadder than the beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honour of sharing or disputing each other’s food. He who eats alone is dead“
— Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007
Context: Yet there is a certain solitude like no other - that of the man preparing his meal in public on a wall, or on the hood of his car, or along a fence, alone. You see that all the time here. It is the saddest sight in the world. Sadder than destitution, sadder than the beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honour of sharing or disputing each other’s food. He who eats alone is dead (but not he who drinks alone. Why is this?). New York (p. 15)
„He was angry, too, because it would soon be Christmas and he had nothing to give Leslie. It was not that she would expect something expensive; it was that he needed to give her something as much as he needed to eat when he was hungry. [... ] She wouldn't laugh at him no matter what he gave her. But for his own sake he had to give her something he could be proud of.“
— Katherine Paterson American children's writer born and mainly raised in China 1932
„I don't really know how to thank the Academy for this. And if I try we'll be here till Christmas. So I better get on...“
— Emma Thompson British actress and writer 1959
„Thank you," he says.
"I don't know. You?"
"No, not me.."
"Thank you, Jesus?"
"Yes, Toph, Jesus died for your Christmas fun.“
— Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
— John Boehner Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1949
Dismissing a question on the wisdom of cutting funding to homeland security. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nick-beecroft/if-ifs-and-buts-were-cand_b_4084118.html
— O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910
"The Gift of the Magi" - Full text online http://www.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html
— Thomas Watson, Jr. American businessman and diplomat 1914 - 1993
Watson Jr. (Dec 8, 1959) cited in: IBM (1988) Thirty years of management briefings, 1958-1988. p. 13.
— Thomas Tusser English poet 1524 - 1580