Quotes about the world

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„The Optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, the Pessimist fears it is true.“

—  Robert Oppenheimer American theoretical physicist and professor of physics 1904 - 1967

This is derived from a statement of James Branch Cabell, in The Silver Stallion (1926) : The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
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Variant: The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.

Citát „The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.“
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„The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.“

—  Marcel Duchamp French painter and sculptor 1887 - 1968

Quote from The Writings of Marcel Duchamp (Marchand du Sel) e.d. Michel Sanouille and Elmer Peterson, New York 1973, pp. 139-140
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Context: The spectator experiences the phenomenon of transmutation; through the change from inert matter into a work of art, an actual transubstantiation has taken place... All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work into contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

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„Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

Variant: Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

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„There is no story that is not true, […] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.“

—  Chinua Achebe, book Things Fall Apart

Variant: The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.
Source: Things Fall Apart (1958), Chapter 15 (p. 130)
Context: "We have heard stories about white men who make the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true." [said Obierika]
"There is no story that is not true," said Uchendu. "The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others. We have albinos among us. Do you not think that they came to our clan by mistake, that they have strayed from their way to a land where everybody is like them?"

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