— Kyuzo Mifune One of the greatest exponents of the art of judo. 1883 - 1965
„Stark did not like them. There was a touch of madness in them, born of the long dark and the too-long-held faith.“
— Leigh Brackett American novelist and screenwriter 1915 - 1978
Chapter 15 (p. 102)
„When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curvèd point, — what bitter wrong
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
Be here contented?“
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861
„Mad people = People who stand alone and burn.
I'm attracted to them because they give me permission to do the same.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
„I coulda got mad. But then I had to stop and think, well, what did he get in school? What did he get in his work experience? What did he get even from his own union, that gave him some tools to understand what he was seeing on that television?“
— Utah Phillips American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller and poet 1935 - 2008
From the intro to Track 15: "There is Power in a Union." Don't Mourn — Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (1990).
„The dream-narratives and cuttings collected by the professor were, of course, strong corroboration; but the rationalism of my mind and the extravagance of the whole subject led me to adopt what I thought the most sensible conclusions.“
— H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937
Context: The dream-narratives and cuttings collected by the professor were, of course, strong corroboration; but the rationalism of my mind and the extravagance of the whole subject led me to adopt what I thought the most sensible conclusions. So, after thoroughly studying the manuscript again and correlating the theosophical and anthropological notes with the cult narrative of Legrasse, I made a trip to Providence to see the sculptor and give him the rebuke I thought proper for so boldly imposing upon a learned and aged man.
„Most SF is about madness, or what is currently ruled to be madness; this is part of its attraction — it's always playing with how much the human mind can encompass.“
— Brian W. Aldiss British science fiction author 1925 - 2017
"In Conversation: Brian Aldiss & James Blish" in Cypher (October 1973); republished in The Tale That Wags the God (1987) by James Blish
„Even on the white English crags
A few strong spirits, in a race that binds
Its body in chains and calls them Liberty,
And calls each fresh link Progress, stood erect
With faces pale that hunger'd to the light.“
— Robert Williams Buchanan Scottish poet, novelist and dramatist 1841 - 1901
Political Mystics. Titan and Avatar.
„Life is a voyage. The winds of life come strong
From every point; yet each will speed thy course along,
If thou with steady hand when tempests blow
Canst keep thy course aright and never once let go.“
— Theodore Chickering Williams American hymnwriter 1855 - 1915
The Voyage of Life, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„I wish to explore what mad people meant to say, what was on their minds. Their testimonies are eloquent of their hopes“
— Roy Porter British historian 1946 - 2002
Toy Porter book (1987) A Social History of Madness: Stories of the Insane. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.