„What good is modesty? — It makes us seem more beautiful when we are beautiful, and less ugly when we are ugly.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Elizabeth Chandler, The Back Door of Midnight
„Turn them on, turn them on,
Turn on those sad songs.
When all hope is gone,
Why don't you tune in and turn them on?They reach into your room,
Just feel their gentle touch.
When all hope is gone,
Sad songs say so much.“
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947
Song lyrics, Breaking Hearts (1984), Sad Songs
„When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure.“
— Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner 1899 - 1972
Japan, the Beautiful and Myself (1969), Context: Dr. Yashiro Yukio, internationally known as a scholar of Botticelli, a man of great learning in the art of the past and the present, of the East and the West, has summed up one of the special characteristics of Japanese art in a single poetic sentence: "The time of the snows, of the moon, of the blossoms — then more than ever we think of our comrades." When we see the beauty of the snow, when we see the beauty of the full moon, when we see the beauty of the cherries in bloom, when in short we brush against and are awakened by the beauty of the four seasons, it is then that we think most of those close to us, and want them to share the pleasure. The excitement of beauty calls forth strong fellow feelings, yearnings for companionship, and the word "comrade" can be taken to mean "human being". The snow, the moon, the blossoms, words expressive of the seasons as they move one into another, include in the Japanese tradition the beauty of mountains and rivers and grasses and trees, of all the myriad manifestations of nature, of human feelings as well.
— Mario Benedetti Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet 1920 - 2009
„Especially in its opening scenes, Ballast is "slower" and "quieter" than we usually expect. You know what? So is life, most of the time. We don't wake up and immediately start engaging with plot points. But Ballast inexorably grows and deepens and gathers power and absorbs us. I always say I hardly ever cry at sad films, but I sometimes do, just a little, at films about good people.“
— Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013
Reviews, Four star reviews, Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/ballast-2008 of Ballast (29 October 2008)
„The saddest kind of sad is the sad that tries not to be sad. You know, when Sad tries to bite its lip and not cry and smile and go, "No, I'm happy for you?"“
— John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977
That's when it's really sad. Rolling Stone magazine/iTunes podcast (December 2005) On the "chin-up sad" tone of one of his new songs on his upcoming album "Continuum"
„When we are bored, when we are out of tune, when we have little worries, it clears our feelings and changes our mood if we can get in touch with the beauty of the natural world.“
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
„People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it?"
[Interview in, 15 October 2005]“
— Lemmy Kilmister British singer-songwriter 1945 - 2015