— Mark Strand Canadian-American poet, essayist, translator 1934 - 2014
„They'are ours, though they'are not we“
The Extasy, line 45
Kontekst: We then, who are this new soul, know
Of what we are compos'd and made,
For th' atomies of which we grow
Are souls, whom no change can invade.
But oh alas, so long, so far,
Our bodies why do we forbear?
They'are ours, though they'are not we; we are
The intelligences, they the spheres.
— Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Addressing a Bible class in Plains, Georgia (March 1976), as quoted in Boston Sunday Herald Advertiser (11 April 1976)
„Now we are forced to recognize our inhumanity
Our reason coexists with our insanity
And though we choose between reality and madness
It's either sadness or euphoria.“
— Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist 1949
Summer, Highland Falls.
Song lyrics, Turnstiles (1976)
„Though there are things beyond our understanding, for the most part we are the architects of our own unhappiness.“
— Yasmina Khadra, książka What the Day Owes the Night
Źródło: Ce que le jour doit à la nuit
„Though they come as the waves come, we shall be all the stronger if we receive them as friends and give them a reason for loving our country and our institutions“
— Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
1860s, Our Composite Nationality (1869)
Kontekst: The apprehension that we shall be swamped or swallowed up by Mongolian civilization; that the Caucasian race may not be able to hold their own against that vast incoming population, does not seem entitled to much respect. Though they come as the waves come, we shall be all the stronger if we receive them as friends and give them a reason for loving our country and our institutions. They will find here a deeply rooted, indigenous, growing civilization, augmented by an ever-increasing stream of immigration from Europe, and possession is nine points of the law in this case, as well as in others. They will come as strangers. We are at home. They will come to us, not we to them. They will come in their weakness, we shall meet them in our strength. They will come as individuals, we will meet them in multitudes, and with all the advantages of organization. Chinese children are in American schools in San Francisco. None of our children are in Chinese schools, and probably never will be, though in some things they might well teach us valuable lessons. Contact with these yellow children of the Celestial Empire would convince us that the points of human difference, great as they, upon first sight, seem, are as nothing compared with the points of human agreement. Such contact would remove mountains of prejudice.
„It was a vicious cycle, though. The more gratification we found in our own geniuses, the more isolated we grew.“
— Alison Bechdel American cartoonist, author 1960
Źródło: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
— Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
Źródło: To His Coy Mistress (1650-1652)
Kontekst: Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.
„For I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was, though it has always been great — not for what it is, though of this we are deeply proud — but for what it someday can, and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
"Address at a Luncheon Meeting of the National Industrial Conference Board (33)", (13 February 1961) http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx
„Though our lives are finite, life is infinite. We can start thinking about our legacy, the impact we'll have on the lives of others, today.“
— Simon Sinek British/American author and motivational speaker 1973
„And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.“
— Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
Oh Breathe Not His Name, st. 1.
Irish Melodies http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/moore.html (1807–1834)
„In doing all this we found that, though of many different nationalities, our people had a spiritual bond. They were all Americans.“
— Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
1920s, Toleration and Liberalism (1925)
Kontekst: In a conflict which engaged all the major nations of the earth and lasted for a period exceeding four years, there could be no expectation of material gains. War in its very essence means destruction. Never before were contending peoples so well equipped with every kind of infernal engine calculated to spread desolation on land and over the face of the deep. Our country is only but now righting itself and beginning a moderate but steady recovery from the great economic loss which it sustained. That tremendous debt must be liquidated through the laborious toil of our people. Modern warfare becomes more and more to mean utter loss, destruction, and desolation of the best that there is of any people, its valiant youth and its accumulated treasure. If our country secured any benefit, if it met with any gain, it must have been in moral and spiritual values. It must be not because it made its fortune but because it found its soul. Others may disagree with me, but in spite of some incidental and trifling difficulties it is my firm opinion that America has come out of the war with a stronger determination to live by the rule of righteousness and pursue the course of truth and justice in both our domestic and foreign relations. No one can deny that we have protected the rights of our citizens, laid a firmer foundation for our institutions of liberty, and made our contribution to the cause of civilization and humanity. In doing all this we found that, though of many different nationalities, our people had a spiritual bond. They were all Americans.
„We do know that no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.“
— Louise Erdrich writer from the United States 1954
Źródło: The Bingo Palace
„We do, then, with all earnestness, though without reproaching our brethren, protest against the irrational and unscriptural doctrine of the Trinity.“
— William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842
"Unitarian Christianity", an address to The First Independent Church of Baltimore (5 May 1819)
Kontekst: We do, then, with all earnestness, though without reproaching our brethren, protest against the irrational and unscriptural doctrine of the Trinity. "To us," as to the Apostle and the primitive Christians, "there is one God, even the Father." With Jesus, we worship the Father, as the only living and true God. We are astonished, that any man can read the New Testament, and avoid the conviction, that the Father alone is God.
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, Blonde on Blonde (1966), Visions of Johanna
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 p. n. e.
„We warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know the Universe is conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.“
— Paulo Coelho, książka Alchemik
Introduction, p. xi.
The Alchemist (1988)
„For there we loved, and where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts,
Though o'er us shine the jasper-lighted dome
The chain may lengthen, but it never parts!“
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894
Homesick In Heamoney
„To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats — we know it not.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983
The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955)