— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
„Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.“
— Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005
„Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.“
— Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 avant J.-C.
This statement is not to be found in the works of Herodotus. It appears in the acknowledgements to Mark Twain's A Horse's Tale (1907) preceded by the words "Herodotus says", but Twain was simply summarizing what he took to be Herodotus' attitude to historiography.
„I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.“
— Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963
As quoted in Nike Culture : The Sign of the Swoosh (1998), by Robert Goldman and Stephen Papson, p. 49
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
„You look at me, you look at me closely, each time closer and then we play cyclops, we look at each other closer each time and our eyes grow, they grow closer, they overlap and the cyclops look at each other, breathing confusion, their mouths find each other and fight warmly, biting with their lips, resting their tongues lightly on their teeth, playing in their caverns where the heavy air comes and goes with the scent of an old perfume and silence. Then my hands want to hide in your hair, slowly stroke the depth of your hair while we kiss with mouths full of flowers or fish, of living movements, of dark fragrance. And if we bite each other, the pain is sweet, and if we drown in a short and terrible surge of breath, that instant death is beauty. And there is a single saliva and a single flavour of ripe fruit, and I can feel you shiver against me like a moon on the water.“
— Julio Cortázar Argentinian writer 1914 - 1984
„With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.“
— Gordon Moore American businessman, co-founder of Intel and author of the eponym law 1929
„Remembrance restores possibility to the past, making what happened incomplete and completing what never was. Remembrance is neither what happened nor what did not happen but, rather, their potentialization, their becoming possible once again.“
— Giorgio Agamben, Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy
„The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all.“
— Kurt Gödel logician, mathematician, and philosopher of mathematics 1906 - 1978
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
„You'll never make me stay
So take your weight off of me.
I know your every move
So won't you just let me be.
I've been here times before
But I was too blind to see
That you seduce every man.
This time you won't seduce me.“
— Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009
„To be great, be whole; don't exaggerate
Or leave out any part of you,
Be complete in each thing. Put all you are
Into the least of your acts.
So too in each lake, with its lofty life,
The whole moon shines.“
— Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa
Ricardo Reis (heteronym), Ode (14 February 1933), in A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe, trans. Richard Zenith (Penguin, 2006)