„Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.“
Earliest record is in a circular letter from Hessian Church minister Karl Lotz on 5 October 1944 and modified from a quote by Johanan ben Zakai according to [Landes, Richard Allen, Heaven on Earth: The varieties of the millennial experience, USA, Oxford University Press, 2011, 978-0-19-975359-8, https://books.google.com/books?id=seS-0JTykgoC&pg=PA48, 48]
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Martin Luther / Disputed
„The Author to the Reader
I’ve read that Luther said (it’s come to me
So often that I’ve made it into meter):
And even if the world should end tomorrow
I still would plant my little apple-tree.
Here, reader, is my little apple-tree.“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
epigraph, p. vi
A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables (1962)
— W.S. Merwin American poet 1927 - 2019
— Mahmoud Darwich Palestinian writer 1941 - 2008
Source: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
Disputed, The Essential Rumi (1995)
„I would take to be quite a fool any man who would make a book full of laws and statutes for an apple tree telling it how to bear apples and not thorns, when the tree is able by its own nature to do this better than the man with all his books can describe and demand.“
— Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546
Source: Temporal Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed (1523), p. 89
„I still have no desire to own [an Apple Watch], or even any desire to go to the Apple store and look at one or hold one in my hand. … The only question, it seems to me, is this: At what point can Apple Watch be declared a swing and a miss?“
— Daniel Lyons American writer 1960
I can’t get excited about the Apple Watch http://goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/8481697-i-can-t-get-excited-about-the-apple-watch in Goodreads (3 June 2015)
„I had to go to the store, I had decided, to bring back some apples — and I went past the store that sold apples and I kept driving, and driving. I was going south, and west, because if I went north or east I would run out of world too soon.“
From Bitter Grounds
Fragile Things (2006)
Source: Life As We Knew It
„My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.“
— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
" After Apple Picking http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/after-apple-picking-3/"
— Cyrano de Bergerac French novelist, dramatist, scientist and duelist 1619 - 1655
Elijah to Cyrano
The Other World (1657)
Context: The angel had told me in my dream that if I wanted to acquire the perfect knowledge I desired, I would have to go to the Moon. There I would find Adam's paradise and the Tree of Knowledge. As soon as I had tasted its fruit, my mind would be enlightened with all the truths a person could know. That is the voyage for which I built my chariot.
Finally, I climbed aboard and, when I was securely settled on the seat, I tossed the magnetic ball high into the air. The chariot I had built was more massive in the middle than at the ends; it was perfectly balanced because the middle rose faster than the extremities. When I had risen to the point that the magnet was drawing me to, I seized the magnetic ball and tossed it into the air again.
— Cecelia Ahern Irish novelist 1981
Source: The Book of Tomorrow
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
On election night, as reported in Amy Chozick's book Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling (2018) and quoted in "Hillary Clinton On Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’" https://www.thedailybeast.com/hillary-clinton-they-were-never-going-to-let-me-be-president by Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast (20 April 2018)
„More men than I have put men to death, but I am the last man in the world that would take a man's life. Two years ago—even if my own life was at stake—and I am confident, if I thought a man would shoot me—I would give him a chance of keeping his life, and would part with my own; but if I knew that through him innocent persons' lives were at stake, I certainly would have to shoot him if he forced me to do so; but I would want to know that he was really going to take my innocent life.“
— Ned Kelly Australian bushranger 1855 - 1880
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
Iría al paraíso, pero con mi infierno; solo, no.
— Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter
Source: Wall and Piece (2005)