„"Old" and "new" are the perennial poles of all feeling and sense of orientation in the world. We cannot do without the old, because in what is old is invested all our past, our wisdom, our memories, our sadness, our sense of realism. We cannot do without faith in the new, because in what is new is invested all our energy, our capacity for optimism, our blind biological yearning, our ability to forget — the healing ability that makes reconciliation possible.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
— Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946
„Every time I open a child's head and see a brain, I marvel at the mystery: This is what makes every one of us who we are. This is what hold all our memories, all our thoughts, all our dreams. This is what makes us different from each other in millions of ways.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
„That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
„The strangers we see in our dreams are not so strange after all, as they have existed in our past lives and only momentarily forgotten.“
— Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
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„“Hey!” the people cried in their dreams. “Give us back our ghosts!” for ghosts are as much a part of a community as its plumbing or its library, for how can a community be without its memories?“
— Ian McDonald British science fiction novelist 1960
Chapter 18 (p. 94).
„There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.“
— Gilbert Parker Canadian novelist and British politician 1862 - 1932
„Where would dictators be without our compliant amnesia? Make the collective lose its memory, you can conceal anything.“
— Charles Stross British science fiction writer and blogger 1964
Chapter 17, “Mission” (p. 288)
„During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream.“
— Zhuangzi, The Butterfly as Companion: Meditations on the First Three Chapters of the Chuang-Tzu
Context: How do I know that enjoying life is not a delusion? How do I know that in hating death we are not like people who got lost in early childhood and do not know the way home? Lady Li was the child of a border guard in Ai. When first captured by the state of Jin, she wept so much her clothes were soaked. But after she entered the palace, shared the king's bed, and dined on the finest meats, she regretted her tears. How do I know that the dead do not regret their previous longing for life? One who dreams of drinking wine may in the morning weep; one who dreams weeping may in the morning go out to hunt. During our dreams we do not know we are dreaming. We may even dream of interpreting a dream. Only on waking do we know it was a dream. Only after the great awakening will we realize that this is the great dream. And yet fools think they are awake, presuming to know that they are rulers or herdsmen. How dense! You and Confucius are both dreaming, and I who say you are a dream am also a dream. Such is my tale. It will probably be called preposterous, but after ten thousand generations there may be a great sage who will be able to explain it, a trivial interval equivalent to the passage from morning to night.
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006