— Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007
(15 October 1993), Lini
— Robert Jordan American writer 1948 - 2007
„There has been a revolution, then, but a silent one. It has taken place with such stealth, and so gradually, that people have become accustomed to it little by little. I am reminded of the famous Chinese executioner whose ambition it was to be able to cut off a head so that the victim would not realize what had happened. For years he worked on his skill, and one day he cut off a head so perfectly that the victim said: "Well, when are you going to do it?"“
— Kenneth Minogue Australian political theorist 1930 - 2013
How Civilizations Fall, The executioner gave a beatific smile and said: "Just kindly nod." Introduction, p. viii. ; quoted in The Feminist Crusades: Making Myths and Building Bureaucracies (c. 2007) Zepezauer ISBN 9781425972868
„You complain that no one can put himself in your place. I can imagine that it may never have occurred to you, preoccupied day and night with that thought, that you should comfort others: and he, the Comforter, he is the only one of whom it truly holds that no one could put himself in his place-how true if he had complained in that way! He, the Comforter, in whose place no one could put himself, he can put himself completely in your place and in every sufferer’s place. …. There is still one who is able to put himself completely in your place, the Lord Jesus Christ, who ”because he has suffered and himself been tempted is able to help those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
1840s, Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849), Three Discourses at Friday Communion November 14, 1849 Hong translation 1997 P. 119-120
„In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality. It is as final as the mountains: a fact. There it is. When you realize it you cannot complain.“
— William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer 1914 - 1997
Queer: A Novel (1985)
— Hayao Miyazaki, もののけ姫 [Mononoke hime]
„The tabloids are like animals, with their own behavioural patterns. There’s no point in complaining about them, any more than complaining that lions might eat you.“
— David Mellor former British politician, non-practising barrister, broadcaster, journalist and businessman 1949
Quoted in The Independent (1992-11-03) following his resignation in September of that year.
„Looks like a bite mark. What have you been doing all day, anyway?"
"Nothing. I went walking in the park. Tried to clear my head."
"And ran into a vampire?"
"What? No! I fell."
"On your neck?“
— Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments
The Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes (2008), Jace and Alec, pg. 73-74
„If you throw away your weapons, some less scrupulous person will pick them up. If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen.“
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Shakespeare starts by assuming that to make yourself powerless is to invite an attack. This does not mean that everyone will turn against you (Kent and the Fool stand by Lear from first to last), but in all probability someone will. If you throw away your weapons, some less scrupulous person will pick them up. If you turn the other cheek, you will get a harder blow on it than you got on the first one. This does not always happen, but it is to be expected, and you ought not to complain if it does happen. The second blow is, so to speak, part of the act of turning the other cheek. First of all, therefore, there is the vulgar, common-sense moral drawn by the Fool: "Don't relinquish power, don't give away your lands." But there is also another moral. Shakespeare never utters it in so many words, and it does not very much matter whether he was fully aware of it. It is contained in the story, which, after all, he made up, or altered to suit his purposes. It is: "Give away your lands if you want to, but don't expect to gain happiness by doing so. Probably you won't gain happiness. If you live for others, you must live for others, and not as a roundabout way of getting an advantage for yourself." "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Polemic (March 1947)
— Amber Benson actress from the United States 1977
Willow & Tara (2000-2002), Forever [5.17]
„If you were to spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God, you would not be going about with your heads hanging down like bulrushes, complaining how poor you are; but you would lift up your heads with confidence, and proclaim the riches of His grace because you could not help it.“
— Dwight L. Moody American evangelist and publisher 1837 - 1899
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 261.
„Sickness, the serpent, is coming to bite you,
Death, the old dark man, is coming to carry you off,
Rest uneasy, you stinking carrion, on your gold beds.“
— Tanith Lee, livre The Birthgrave
The Birthgrave (1975), Book Two, Part II “The Water”, Chapter 1 (p. 170)