— Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933
„You may have the universe if I may have Italy.“
— Giuseppe Verdi, This is from Verdi's Attila, Prologue, sc. 1, but the words are by Verdi's librettist Temistocle Solera; translation from Michael A. Musmanno The Story of the Italians in America (New York: Doubleday, 1965) p. 255.
„May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.“
— Teresa of Ávila Roman Catholic saint 1515 - 1582
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
„Show pity I beg you...
We have today been struck down by fortune
But tomorrow it may be your own turn to die.“
— Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer 1813 - 1901
„The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.“
— Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942
On voluntary euthanasia as quoted in [http://english.people.com.cn/200606/14/eng20060614_273839.html People's Daily Online (14 June 2006)]
„Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.“
— Napoleon Hill American author 1883 - 1970
Context: Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. p. 127
— Leon Trotsky Marxist revolutionary from Russia 1879 - 1940
„Those who claim to discover everything but produce no proofs of the same may be confuted as having actually pretended to discover the impossible.“
— Archimedes Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer -287 - -212 avant J.-C.
„Life may contain the "essence" (what else could?); recollection, the repetition in imagination, may decipher the essence and deliver to you the "elixir"; and eventually you may even be privileged to "make" something out of it, "to compound the story." But life itself is neither essence nor elixir, and if you treat as such it will only play its tricks on you.“
— Hannah Arendt, Men in Dark Times
— Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005
„No mistake about it. Ice is cold; roses are red; I'm in love. And this love is about to carry me off somewhere. The current's too overpowering; I don't have any choice. It may very well be a special place, some place I've never seen before. Danger may be lurking there, something that may end up wounding me deeply, fatally. I might end up losing everything. But there's no turning back. I can only go with the flow. Even if it means I'll be burned up, gone forever.“
— Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart
„It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.“
— Hugh Laurie British actor, comedian, writer, musician and director 1959
Context: (Answering "What made you step up to making your own record?") I felt like I may not get opportunities to do this ever again, so it’s about time—it’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now. I mean, I say that confidently as if I’m about to go bungee jumping or something—I’m not. I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.