„And because the breath of flowers is far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes, like the warbling of music) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for that delight than to know what be the flowers and plants that do best perfume the air.“
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
Context: Love is all around you like the air and is the very breath of your being. But you cannot know it, feel its unfeeling touch, until you pause in your busy-ness, are still and poised and empty of your wanting and desiring. When at rest the air is easily offended and will flee even from the fanning of a leaf, as love flees from the first thought. But when the air or love moves of its own accord it is a hurricane that drives all before it.
„Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
No. 169 (13 September 1711).
„Nothing to breathe but air
Quick as a flash 'tis gone;
Nowhere to fall but off,
Nowhere to stand but on.“
— Benjamin Franklin King, Jr. American humorist and poet 1857 - 1894
"The Pessimist," http://books.google.com/books?id=nfUaAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Nothing+to+breathe+but+air+Quick+as+a+flash%22+%22gone+Nowhere+to+fall+but+off+Nowhere+to+stand+but+on%22&pg=PA225#v=onepage first published as "The Sum of Life" in the Chicago Mail, c. January 1893 http://books.google.com/books?id=RCgTAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Nothing+to+breathe+but+air+Quick+as+a+flash+tis+gone+Nowhere+to+fall+but+off+Nowhere+to+stand+but+on%22&pg=PA48#v=onepage.
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
Context: You have let down our country and our Red Army. You have the nerve not to manufacture IL-2s until now. Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. Shenkman produces one IL-2 a day and Tretyakov builds one or two MiG-3s daily. It is a mockery of our country and the Red Army. I ask you not to try the government's patience, and demand that you manufacture more ILs. This is my final warning. Telegram to government aviation production plant superintendents by Stalin in the autumn of 1941, warning them to produce more Il-2 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft for national defense.
— Anaximenes of Miletus Ancient Greek Pre-Socratic philosopher -586 - -528 avant J.-C.
— Helen Dunmore British novelist 1952 - 2017
— Susan Cain self-help writer 1968
"Susan Cain: Quiet revolutionary" speaker profile at TED.com, February 2012 (est.)
„The vilest deeds like poison weeds
Bloom well in prison-air:
It is only what is good in Man
That wastes and withers there“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Context: The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison-air: It is only what is good in Man That wastes and withers there: Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate, And the Warder is Despair. Pt. V, st. 30
become so thoroughly annealed into his life that she was like the
air he breathed--necessary but scarcely noticed.“
— O. Henry, The Complete Life of John Hopkins