„To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.“
— Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946
In the World.
— Peter Weiss Swedish-German playwright and author 1916 - 1982
Singers, act 2, scene 33 (p. 100)
„Things we are accustomed to regard as myth or fairy story are very much present in people’s lives. Nice people behave like wicked stepmothers. Every day.“
— Diana Wynne Jones English children's fantasy writer 1934 - 2011
'About the Author', The Many Worlds of Diana Wynne Jones http://www.dianawynnejones.co.uk/author/default.aspx (HarperCollins, 2005). Retrieved June 14 2005.
— Colm Tóibín Irish novelist and writer 1955
Colm Tóibín, novelist – portrait of the artist http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/19/colm-toibin-novelist-portrait-artist, The Guardian (19 February 2013)
„People think because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Because a novel's invented, it is true. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they can't include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that. The novelist himself lays it down. His decision is binding.“
— Anthony Powell English novelist 1905 - 2000
Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975), ch. 3.
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
„... we have to be kind, we have to be charitable and we can't condemn people just because they get in a mess... even the best people can get into ghastly messes,... we must never judge other people too harshly because although they can make awful mistakes they can still be very nice people.“
— Susan Howatch British writer 1940
„Most people think themselves kind enough, but rather like a magician thinking he is fooling an audience who can see through his trick, we are the worst judges of the effect we have on others. True, we can mentally point out various kindnesses we have committed and those pleasant aspects of ourselves. Yet by doing so, we ignore the real test cases: how we behave under pressure, how nice we are to people we don’t like, how we deal with other people who seem determined to not live up to our unrealistic expectations.“
— Derren Brown British illusionist 1971
„I can't think of any one film that improved on a good novel, but I can think of many good films that came from very bad novels.“
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
„If self-efficacy is lacking, people tend to behave ineffectually, even though they know what to do.“
— Albert Bandura Canadian psychologist 1925
— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924