„Perhaps the promise of phallus is always dissatisfying in some way.“

—  Judith Butler, "The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary" (1993), later published in The Judith Butler Reader (2004) edited by Sarah Salih with Judith Butler
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„That's the way it goes, you know, I'm always dissatisfied and always I want to go on. (translation from German, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018)“

—  Jacoba van Heemskerck Dutch painter 1876 - 1923
(original version, written by Jacoba in German:) So geht es, wissen Sie, ich bin immer unzufrieden und will immer weiter gehen. in a letter to Herwarth Walden, 1 June 1914; as cited by Arend H. Huussen Jr. in Jacoba van Heemskerck, kunstenares van het Expressionisme, Haags Gemeentemuseum The Hague, 1982, p. 19

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„Some war hero is always getting in my way.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
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„Perhaps some particles move backward in time; perhaps the future affects the past in some way we don't understand; or perhaps the universe is simply more aware than we are. There are many things we haven't yet learned how to read.“

—  Philip Pullman English author 1946
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„There are, of course, good happy endings as well as bad ones, but surely they are of a kind that in some way expresses happiness rather than glibly promises it.“

—  Louis Kronenberger American critic and writer 1904 - 1980
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„Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 avant J.-C.
Context: The way which the superior man pursues, reaches wide and far, and yet is secret. Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know. Common men and women, however much below the ordinary standard of character, can carry it into practice; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage is not able to carry into practice. Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it.

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—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
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