„Now, there are people who say to me "Why did you have anything to do with her," — that's one fact. And there are people who say to her, "Why did you have anything to do with him," — that's another fact.“
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
Context: Now, there are people who say to me "Why did you have anything to do with her," — that's one fact. And there are people who say to her, "Why did you have anything to do with him," — that's another fact. Apart from that, both she and I have grief enough and trouble enough, but as for regrets — neither of us have any. Look here — I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that she loves me. I believe without question, or have the certain knowledge, that I love her. It has been sincerely meant. But has it also been foolish, etc? Perhaps, if you like — but aren't the wise ones, those who never do anything foolish, even more foolish in my eyes than I am in theirs?
„The interesting questions are what did Hitler know, did Himmler conceal it, did he keep it from Hitler, where was the killing done, was it Auschwitz, was it the Reinhard camps and that's what people are frightened to research, because they go to prison for it.“
— David Irving British writer and Holocaust denier 1938
Interview with John Humphrys on The Today Program (23 December 2006)
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„I did not develop the PHP we know today. Dozens, if not hundreds of people, developed PHP. I was simply the first developer.“
— Rasmus Lerdorf Danish programmer and creator of PHP 1968
„Absolutely. Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
On whether homosexuality is a choice, as quoted in "Ben Carson apologizes for comments on gay people" http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/04/politics/ben-carson-prisons-gay-choice/, CNN, (March 5, 2015)
„The world is full of intelligent, well-meaning people who, for one reason or another, did not attend university but are nonetheless well-read and educated.“
— Robert B. Laughlin American physicist 1950
Context: The world is full of intelligent, well-meaning people who, for one reason or another, did not attend university but are nonetheless well-read and educated. Out there on the prairie lost opportunities of youth were the rule rather than the exception, and I slowly became disabused of the myth of the Bright Young Thing and have not believed in it since.
„Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.“
— George Eliot, Middlemarch
Chapter 1 (misprinted as "Some people did" in some editions, such as Penguin Signet Classics).
„Hindustan is a nice large place where everything is allowed, and no one cares for another (i. e. interferes in the affairs of others) and people may go as they may.“
— `Abd al-Qadir Bada'uni Indian historian 1540 - 1615
Badaoni, vol. II, p. 246. quoted from Lal, K. S. (1999). Theory and practice of Muslim state in India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 2
„He did not consider the possibility of his own death. At his age, death was still something that happened to other people.“
— Robert Silverberg American speculative fiction writer and editor 1935
Chapter 1, section 3 (p. 17)
„What is not so understandable, not justified, is what it did to another people to guarantee its existence.“
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
Context: In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South Africa. I believe Israel has a right to secure borders. What is not so understandable, not justified, is what it did to another people to guarantee its existence. I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.