„And that, my young friends, is the story of our country, one invader after another. Macedonians. Sassanians. Arabs. Mongols. Now the Soviets. But we're like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing.“
Cab Driver, p. 146
Source: A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)
Source: The Way of Kings
„Don't you know I'm still standing, better than I ever did?
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid.
I'm still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind.“
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947
I'm Still Standing
Song lyrics, Too Low for Zero (1983)
„I'm glad to tell you Mr President that our relations with our neighbors is improved very well with Turkey, with Syria, with Iran with the Arab countries. The relation is normal now and we have no problem with any of those countries. In contrary, many many new ambassadors are coming to our country from Arab countries.“
— Jalal Talabani Iraqi politician 1933 - 2017
Statement made to U.S. President George W. Bush at a meeting at the White House — reported in Agence France-Presse staff (September 10, 2008) "Talabani: Iran, Syria pose 'no problem' for Iraq", Agence France-Presse,
„I was always wanting to learn and be one of those actresses who can actually hold a conversation as opposed to standing there looking pretty.“
— Michelle Trachtenberg American actress 1985
Interview by Nicki Gostin, Newsweek, Updated: 10:46 a.m. ET March 11, 2005
„After the Soviet Union turned into many, many little non-Soviet countries... it was crazy. It was like a lot of pop-ups on Firefox, and you try to click them away, but it doesn't work!“
— Johannes Grenzfurthner Austrian artist, writer, curator, and theatre and film director 1975
73rd Communique of the CPSUZoeD https://www.derstandard.at/jetzt/livebericht/2000116238563/
Quotes as Nikita P. Chrusov
„You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.“
— John F. Kerry politician from the United States 1943
„I look at Obama, a young man, a good-looking person. That is my first impression, I feel sorry for him. He looks 100% like Lukashenko, when I came to power after the downfall of the Soviet Union. The store shelves were empty, a severe financial crisis.“
— Alexander Lukashenko President of Belarus since 20 July 1994 1954
As quoted in The Wall Street Journal - Belarus President Seeks to Deploy Russia Missiles (14 November 2008) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122662176384426603.html?mod=googlenews_wsj.
„Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room
And we're not speaking.
And I'm dyin' to know:
Is it killing you
Like it's killing me?
I don't know what to say since a twist of fate, when it all broke down
And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now.“
— Taylor Swift American singer-songwriter 1989
The Story of Us.
Song lyrics, Speak Now (2010)
„Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood.
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could.
Now we see everything that's going wrong
With the world and those who lead it.
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it.So we keep waiting,
Waiting on the world to change.
We keep on waiting,
Waiting on the world to change.
It's hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance.
So we keep waiting,
Waiting on the world to change.“
— John Mayer guitarist and singer/songwriter 1977
Waiting on the World to Change
Song lyrics, Continuum (2006)
„As to war, I am and always was a great enemy, at the same time a warrior the greater part of my life, and were I young again, should still be a warrior while ever this country should be invaded and I lived“
— Daniel Morgan American pioneer, soldier and politician 1736 - 1802
a Defensive war I think a righteous war to Defend my life & property & that of my family, in my own opinion, is right & justifiable in the sight of God.
An offensive war, I believe to be wrong and would therefore have nothing to do with it, having no right to meddle with another man's property, his ox or his ass, his man servant or his maid servant or anything that is his. Neither does he have a right to meddle with anything that is mine, if he does I have a right to defend it by force.
Letter to a Quaker (1798)
„Is that it?”
“No. That’s a wall.”
“It could be disguised.”
“You’re not very good at looking for things, are you?”
“I’m good at looking for walls. Look, I found another one.“
— Derek Landy Irish children's writer 1974
Source: Kingdom of the Wicked
„If the world could remain within a frame
Like a painting on a wall,
Then I think we would see the beauty, then
We would stand staring in awe
At our still lives posed
Like a bowl of oranges,
Like a story told
By the fault lines and the soil.“
— Conor Oberst American musician 1980
Bowl of Oranges
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
„Where I used to stand up alone seven years ago, now I belong to a community of many people who stand up with me. I am no longer alone when I stand up to speak about these things. I belong to a group of young people who are passionate about the country, who want to bring about change, and they're no longer afraid, and they're no longer smart cowards. So that was my story.“
— Boniface Mwangi Kenyan photojournalist 1983
The day I stood up alone