„You can't help it. An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.“

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American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil r… 1933 - 2003

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„What the artist wishes to do — as far as you are concerned — is to take you out of yourself. As far as he is concerned, he wishes to express himself.“

—  Ford Madox Ford English writer and publisher 1873 - 1939

"Literary Portraits. VIII - Mr. Joseph Conrad," in The Tribune (1907-09-14)

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„I'm concerned about justice. I'm concerned about brotherhood. I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967)
Context: I say to you today that I still stand by nonviolence. And I am still convinced that it is the most potent weapon available to the Negro in his struggle for justice in this country. And the other thing is that I am concerned about a better world. I'm concerned about justice. I'm concerned about brotherhood. I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

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„I can't help it if I'm lucky.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Blood on the Tracks (1975), Idiot Wind

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„God is an American.
I'm afraid of Americans.
I'm afraid of the world.
I'm afraid I can't help it.
I'm afraid I can't“

—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016

I'm Afraid of Americans
Song lyrics, Earthling (1997)

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„As far as I'm concerned, it's the ony name I've ever had.“

—  Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965

On her lifelong use of the name "Happy", in "The Happy Rhodes Interview" in Homeground #48 (Summer 1993) http://web.archive.org/web/20091023165015/http://geocities.com/SoHo/Studios/3450/homeground.html
Context: The first time my brothers saw me, when I was a day or two old and still in the hospital, my brother Mark could not pronounce the name "Kimberley," and I was an especially happy baby, so he decided it would be easier to call me "Happy." From that moment on, my family members never used the name Kimberley. I was forced, however, to use my given name while attending school. As soon as I turned sixteen, my name was legally changed to Happy Tyler Rhodes. As far as I'm concerned, it's the ony name I've ever had. When people ask me if it's my real name, I always say "yes."

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„As far as I'm concerned, they can strike for a day, a month, until death.“

—  Tzachi Hanegbi Israeli politician 1957

In reference to convicted Palestinian prisoners announcing a hunger strike. Hanegbi: Prisoners on hunger strike 'can starve to death' http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=464469 Haaretz, 14 August 2004

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„As far as I'm concerned I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Attributed to Einstein in Albert Einstein: A Documentary Biography by Carl Seeling (1956), p. 114 http://books.google.com/books?id=VCbPAAAAMAAJ&q=%22silent+vice%22#search_anchor. Einstein is said to have made this remark "when someone in his company grew angry about a mutual acquaintance's moral decline".
Attributed in posthumous publications

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„There's a time for reciting poems and a time for fists. As far as I was concerned, this was the latter.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book The Savage Detectives

Variant: There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists.
Source: The Savage Detectives

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„As far as I'm concerned we are all God
That's the difference
If you really think another guy is God he doesn't lock you up Funny about that.“

—  Ram Dass, book Be Here Now

Contrasting the attitude of those who believe that they are especially "divine" and thus believe other people "owe" them deference — and those who assert all are divine, and thus are respectful of others proper rights and dignity as both human and divine beings.
Be Here Now (1971)

„At the present time the artists stands alone.... no ideology can be of help to him.“

—  Fritz Wotruba Austrian sculptor (23 April 1907, Vienna – 28 August 1975, Vienna) 1907 - 1975

Source: The Human Form: Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings, 1977, p. 7.

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„I was criticized for being too much concerned with the average Canadians. I can't help that; I am one of them!“

—  John Diefenbaker 13th Prime Minister of Canada 1895 - 1979

September, 1967. Speech to PC convention, quoted in I Never Say Anything Provocative by Wente, Margaret. (Toronto: Peter Martin Associates Limited, 1975.)

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„I can't help reflecting that it's taken a Government headed by a housewife with experience of running a family to balance the books for the first time in twenty years—with a little left over for a rainy day.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech to Conservative Women's Conference (25 May 1988) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107248
Third term as Prime Minister

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