„People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.“

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American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

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„I’ve found that I’m a lot like Verne — a writer of moral fables, an instructor in the humanities. He believes the human being is in a strange situation in a very strange world, and he believes that we can triumph by behaving morally.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

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Context: When I was seventeen I read everything by Robert Heinlein and Arthur Clarke, and the early writings of Theodore Sturgeon and Van Vogt — all the people who appeared in Astounding Science Fiction — but my big science-fiction influences are H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. I’ve found that I’m a lot like Verne — a writer of moral fables, an instructor in the humanities. He believes the human being is in a strange situation in a very strange world, and he believes that we can triumph by behaving morally. His hero Nemo — who in a way is the flip side of Melville’s madman, Ahab — goes about the world taking weapons away from people to instruct them toward peace.

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„I’m still learning, I’m still finding stuff that fascinates me. I’m still putting people out front who I call the “unsung”“

—  Beverly Jenkins American author of historical and contemporary romance novels 1951

those who once had places in history and made a difference, but who have now been forgotten. Because, you know, you bring them back to life [when you write about them], and they live again.

On writing about unsung figures in “Romance Novelist Beverly Jenkins Talks Normalizing Diversity in Her Genre” https://www.shondaland.com/inspire/books/a12821649/beverly-jenkins-romance-interview/ in Shondaland (2017 Oct 12)

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„People are strange…“

—  Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971

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„People say I'm strange that way,
'Cause I love such elementary things,
It's been my fate to compensate
For the childhood I've never known.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

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„I am bewildered by the thousands of strange people who write me letters. They do not know me. Why do they do that?“

—  Greta Garbo Swedish-American actress 1905 - 1990

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„There is a strange duality in the human which makes for an ethical paradox.“

—  John Steinbeck, book The Log from the Sea of Cortez

Source: The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951), Chapter 11
Context: There is a strange duality in the human which makes for an ethical paradox. We have definitions of good qualities and of bad; not changing things, but generally considered good and bad throughout the ages and throughout the species. Of the good, we think always of wisdom, tolerance, kindliness, generosity, humility; and the qualities of cruelty, greed, self-interest, graspingness, and rapacity are universally considered undesirable. And yet in our structure of society, the so-called and considered good qualities are invariable concomitants of failure, while the bad ones are the cornerstones of success. A man — a viewing-point man — while he will love the abstract good qualities and detest the abstract bad, will nevertheless envy and admire the person who though possessing the bad qualities has succeeded economically and socially, and will hold in contempt that person whose good qualities have caused failure. When such a viewing-point man thinks of Jesus or St. Augustine or Socrates he regards them with love because they are the symbols of the good he admires, and he hates the symbols of the bad. But actually he would rather be successful than good. In an animal other than man we would replace the term “good” with “weak survival quotient” and the term “bad” with “strong survival quotient.” Thus, man in his thinking or reverie status admires the progression toward extinction, but in the unthinking stimulus which really activates him he tends toward survival. Perhaps no other animal is so torn between alternatives. Man might be described fairly adequately, if simply, as a two-legged paradox. He has never become accustomed to the tragic miracle of consciousness. Perhaps, as has been suggested, his species is not set, has not jelled, but is still in a state of becoming, bound by his physical memories to a past of struggle and survival, limited in his futures by the uneasiness of thought and consciousness.

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„All the movies are about strange worlds that you can't go into unless you build them and film them. That's what's so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds.“

—  David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946

As quoted in The Making of Dune (1984) by Ed Naha, p. 213

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„We live in a world where the truth is shattered, and most people run from it. They don’t want other people to see them inside and out. Me, I’m an open book. What you see is what you get. I try to be as real and as honest as possible, and I think people respect that.“

—  Tyrann Mathieu All-American college football player, defensive back, cornerback 1992

"Bickley: Tyrann Mathieu planning to soar again in 2016", The Arizona Republic (11 Apr 2016) https://eu.azcentral.com/story/sports/nfl/cardinals/2016/04/09/bickley-tyrann-mathieu-planning-soar-again-2016/82842236/.

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„I never really experienced a breakdown, but have felt "strange inside" two or three times during my life.“

—  Stanislaw Ulam Polish-American mathematician 1909 - 1984

Source: Adventures of a Mathematician - Third Edition (1991), Chapter 2, Student Years, p. 34
Context: Thinking very hard about the same problem for several hours can produce a severe fatigue, close to a breakdown. I never really experienced a breakdown, but have felt "strange inside" two or three times during my life.

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