Source: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), Ch. 6
Context: It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dugout I might have been smashed to atoms, and in the open survive ten hours' bombardment unscathed. No soldier survives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.
Source: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), Ch. 6
— Jamaica Kincaid Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer 1949
Source: The Autobiography of My Mother
— Leó Szilárd Physicist and biologist 1898 - 1964
Are We on the Road to War?
Context: I sometimes have the feeling that I have lived through all this before and, in a sense, I have. I was sixteen years old when the first World War broke out, and I lived at that time in Hungary. From reading the newspapers in Hungary, it would have appeared that, whatever Austria and Germany did was right and whatever England, France, Russia, or America did was wrong. A good case could be made out for this general thesis, in almost every single instance. It would have been difficult for me to prove, in any single instance, that the newspapers were wrong, but somehow, it seemed to me unlikely that the two nations located in the center of Europe should be invariably right, and that all the other nations should be invariably wrong. History, I reasoned, would hardly operate in such a peculiar fashion, and it didn't take long until I began to hold views which were diametrically opposed to those held by the majority of my schoolmates.
Source: The Art of Racing in the Rain
— Don Henley American singer, lyricist, producer and drummer 1947
"The Heart of the Matter"
Song lyrics, The End of the Innocence (1989)
— Bill Withers American singer-songwriter and musician 1938 - 2020
"Lean on Me", on Still Bill (1972) Live performance (1972) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw6HeeuvTWo · Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YapAxPfRyI
Act IV, scene iii.
Cato, A Tragedy (1713)
— Britney Spears American singer, dancer and actress 1981
CNN interview with Tucker Carlson http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/03/cnna.spears/ (3 September 2003)
— Michael Franti American rapper 1966
Sometimes, Stay Human (2001)
„Faith is a powerful thing to have in your repertory. … Certainly, I'd felt despair, sometimes so much that I thought it would be easier to die. But my family and my faith have sustained me until, when I least expected it, life picked me up again.“
— Debbie Reynolds American actress, singer, and dancer 1932 - 2016
Source: Unsinkable : A Memoir (2013), Chapter 18. Family and Faith
Essays of Elia (1823)
„Please, know that for as long as I live I will be haunted with the sorrow for what I did and when I die I will have counted it more mercy than I deserved to have lived the life I did. Until that day, I want you to also know, I will spend my life trying to do things that will touch the world in a good way, to give back for all I took from you. That’s the only thing I can offer with my hands and my heart. It’s simply all I have.“
— Sean Sellers American murderer 1969 - 1999
The Confession of My Crimes
„But I… don't believe that gender is just binary, and I never have, so that's what pulls me to sometimes politically identify as a lesbian, because I'm a feminist, and I feel like women are still so suppressed. I don't feel like we've come that far. But I also feel like there are people all along the spectrum, so in that sense, I feel like I would be more bisexual or just, you know, open-ended.“
— Daniela Sea American filmmaker, actor, and musician 1977
" Interview with The L Words Daniela Sea https://web.archive.org/web/20121012071650/http://www.afterellen.com/archive/ellen/TV/2006/1/sea3.html", AfterEllen (3 January 2006).
„On turning 30: "I kind of feel like the same person except more time has gone by. I hate to say that I feel like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still 18. After all, even through the time while I was representing that wild kid, I really wasn't. I was just living my life. I was just not making movies at the time.“
— Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974
„I have met a lot and they’ve been varied. The experiences are extremely varied. Some emotional and with great depth and other ones just genuine gratitude, you know, and thanks. It’s all very humbling to me and I take it very seriously and I feel it quite to my core so but as I said they’re very different and they all combine that overall same feeling of we’re all connected on way or another, you know. The fan base is responsible for my reprisal and that’s something that I just cherish. There’s a connection because it’s something that I artistically … I look at this as an actor and I have to use the word artistic because it’s a creative process. It sounds a little fishy but still, they reacted to my creative concept and we’re bonded because of it. It was one of those wonderful things in life. You click and I certainly feel that with people that feel an affection for Prime.“
Exclusive Interview with Peter Cullen http://collider.com/exclusive-interview-with-peter-cullen/ (June 9, 2007)
— Christian Dior French fashion designer 1905 - 1957
After his applauded success at the "House of Dior" on Avenue Montaigne, in Paris", p. 41
Source: Marie France Pochna [ Christian Dior: The Man who Made the World Look New http://books.google.co.in/books?id=ffkK4dy00SoC&pg=PA170-IA16, Arcade Publishing, 1996
„Most of the time you don't even know they're there. Now, that's the scary thing. It's really strange and invading, but I'm still working it all out. I try to not let it bother me. And if I want to swim naked in my pool, I'm still going to do it. I certainly don't want to feel that I have to change everything in my life that I do to cater to them. I just won't let it happen.“
— Heath Ledger Australian actor 1979 - 2008
Speaking on his problems with the paparazzi, as quoted in the National Post (May 2001).
— Will Christopher Baer American writer 1966
— Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
(19 January 2005)
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2005
Context: All I have to do is make you see this. This one particular thing here. That's all. And sometimes it's impossible. Sometimes, I know the best odds I can hope for are a thousand to one. You'll see what you see, what your life has conditioned you to see upon encountering that combination of words, not what I want or need you to see. Fiction writing is like making films for the blind.