„Yet malice never was his aim;
He lashed the vice but spared the name.
No individual could resent,
Where thousands equally were meant.“
„Satire, though it may exaggerate the vice it lashes, is not justified in creating it in order that it may be lashed.“
— Anthony Trollope English novelist (1815-1882) 1815 - 1882
„Death, the Destroyer of Delights and the Sunderer of Society, had arrived at last.
Blackness. Nothingness. He did not even know that his heart had given out forever. Nothingness.
Then his eyes opened. His heart was beating strongly. He was strong, very strong! All the pain of the gout in his feet, the agony in his liver, the torture in his heart, all were gone.
It was so quiet he could hear the blood moving in his head. He was alone in a world of soundlessness.
A bright light of equal intensity was everywhere. He could see, yet he did not understand what he was seeing. What were these things above, beside, below him? Where was he?“
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
Chapter 1 (p. 1)
„He [Anthony Crosland] and his Socialist fellow-theoreticians did a terrific job in degrading scholastic standards in the name of equality, which meant dragging down the good to the level of the mediocre.“
— George MacDonald Fraser English-born author of Scottish descent 1925 - 2008
Dumbing Down, Down, Down... p. 247.
— Kim Edwards, The Memory Keeper's Daughter
„His vices were the vices of his time and culture, but his virtues transcended the milieu of his life.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
Canto VI, stanza 18.
„Long after the fact, it occurred to me that this was a metaphor for life- blisters come before calluses, vulnerability before maturity- but not even the thickest of skins could have spared us the lash of Daddy's tongue.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
„A ragged urchin, aimless and alone,
Loitered about that vacancy: a bird
Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:
That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, who'd never heard
Of any world where promises were kept
Or one could weep because another wept.“
— W. H. Auden Anglo-American poet 1907 - 1973
„[The] truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Speech in the House of Commons, May 17, 1916 "Royal Assent" http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1916/may/17/royal-assent#column_1578.
„One, though he be excellent and the chief, is not to be imitated alone; for never no imitator ever grew up to his author; likeness is always on this side truth. Yet there happened in my time one noble speaker, who was full of gravity in his speaking; his language (where he could spare or pass by a jest) was nobly censorious. No man ever spake more neatly, more pressly, more weightily, or suffered less emptiness, less idleness, in what he uttered. No member of his speech but consisted of his own graces. His hearers could not cough, or look aside from him, without loss. He commanded where he spoke, and had his judges angry and pleased at his devotion. No man had their affections more in his power. The fear of every man that heard him was lest he should make an end.“
— Ben Jonson English writer 1572 - 1637
Referring to Francis Bacon