„Maybe we all just want to feel special, even for a little while, to be fooled for a bit into feeling something besides the truth of our own ordinariness.“
— Deb Caletti American writer 1963
Source: The Secret Life of Prince Charming
„She isn't my wife, really. We just have some kids.
No. No kids. Sometimes, though, it feels as if we had kids.“
— Michelangelo Antonioni Italian film director and screenwriter 1912 - 2007
Thomas (David Hemmings) to Jane (Vanessa Redgrave) in Blow-Up (1966)
Context: She isn't my wife, really. We just have some kids.
No. No kids. Sometimes, though, it feels as if we had kids.
She isn't beautiful, she's just easy to live with.
No, she isn't. That's why I don't live with her.
„I no longer feel I'll be dead by thirty; now it's sixty. I suppose these deadlines we set for ourselves are really a way of saying we appreciate time, and want to use all of it. I'm still writing, I'm still writing poetry, I still can't explain why, and I'm still running out of time.“
— Margaret Atwood Canadian writer 1939
On Writing Poetry (1995)
Context: I no longer feel I'll be dead by thirty; now it's sixty. I suppose these deadlines we set for ourselves are really a way of saying we appreciate time, and want to use all of it. I'm still writing, I'm still writing poetry, I still can't explain why, and I'm still running out of time. Wordsworth was sort of right when he said, "Poets in their youth begin in gladness/ But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness." Except that sometimes poets skip the gladness and go straight to the despondency. Why is that? Part of it is the conditions under which poets work — giving all, receiving little in return from an age that by and large ignores them — and part of it is cultural expectation — "The lunatic, the lover and the poet," says Shakespeare, and notice which comes first. My own theory is that poetry is composed with the melancholy side of the brain, and that if you do nothing but, you may find yourself going slowly down a long dark tunnel with no exit. I have avoided this by being ambidextrous: I write novels too. But when I find myself writing poetry again, it always has the surprise of that first unexpected and anonymous gift.
„I just thought to my self, all of a sudden, that we had something in common. A natural chemistry, if you will. And I had a feeling that something big was going to happen. To both of us. That we were, in fact, meant to be together.“
Source: This Lullaby
„The war was still on in January 1945. In their dismay at my being shipped off in the dead of winter to who knows where in Russia, everyone wanted to give me something that might be of use, even if it couldn't be help. Because nothing in the world could possible help.“
Source: The Hunger Angel (2012), p. 1
„[about the name Disturbed] It had been a name I have been contemplating for a band for years. It just seems to symbolize everything we were feeling at the time. The level of conformity that people are forced into was disturbing to us and we were just trying to push the envelope and the name just sorta made sense.“
— David Draiman American singer and songwriter 1973
Livewire's one on one - David Draiman talks disturbing thoughts http://www.webcitation.org/640D4asgh, concertlivewire.com, 19 February 2005)
— Donald Miller American writer 1971
Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (2000, Harvest House Publishers)
„I think people have to hit rock bottom to really know their faculties because they have to use those faculties to get out of that rock bottom. I really had to feel profoundly lonely to get myself out of the feeling of being profoundly lonely. But it was always there, that feeling of loneliness and existing with the absence of something that had been stripped from me.“
— Terese Marie Mailhot First Nation Canadian writer, journalist, memoirist, teacher 1983
On being hospitalized for depression in “Terese Mailhot: Truth Is My Aesthetic” https://www.guernicamag.com/terese-mailhot-truth-is-my-aesthetic/ in Guernica Magazine (2018 Mar 21)
„Standing before this building, I learn something about fear. I learn that it is not the idle fantasies of someone who maybe wants something important to happen to him, even if the important thing is horrible. It is not the disgust of seeing a dead stranger, and not the breathlessness of hearing a shotgun pumped outside of Becca Arrington's house. This cannot be addressed by breathing exercises. This fear bears no analogy to any fear I knew before. This is the basest of all possible emotions, the feeling that was with us before we existed, before this building existed, before the earth existed. This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.“
Quentin "Q" Jacobsen, pp. 140-141
Paper Towns (2008)
„There's something inside of me that makes me want to help people, especially people who are having difficulty of some kind.“
— Harland Sanders American entrepreneur and businessman 1890 - 1980
Colonel Sanders: The Autobiography of the Original Celebrity Chef
„The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.
The scars of your love they leave me breathless.
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all.
Rolling in the deep.
You had my heart inside of your hand
And you played it
To the beat.“
— Adele (singer) British singer-songwriter 1988
Rolling in the Deep.
Song lyrics, 21 (2011)
„I have heard sometimes that men who lose an arm of a leg still feel that pain in those limbs, though they are gone,' said Will. 'It is like that sometimes. I can feel Jem with me, though he is gone, and it is like I am missing a part of myself.“
Source: Clockwork Princess
„Give us another 3 or 4 months of production, not more hampered than it is at present, and we shall have something over, with which we can make ourselves disagreeable in many ways, and many places. We could perhaps take a stronger line with Japan then, even though we still got no help from the U. S. A. …People ask me how we are going to win this war. I suppose it is a very natural question, but I don't think the time has come to answer it. We must just go on fighting as hard as we can, in the belief that some time—perhaps sooner than we think—the other side will crack.“
— Neville Chamberlain Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1869 - 1940
Letter to his sister (14 July 1940), quoted in Keith Feiling, Neville Chamberlain (London: Macmillan, 1946), p. 449.
„What is the use of speech? Silence were fitter:
Lest we should still be wishing things unsaid.
Though all the words we ever spake were bitter,
Shall I reproach you, dead?“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
You Would Have Understood Me
„As a nation we have two tasks; the one is to provide goods and services for our home needs, the other is to pay for the food and raw materials which we must get from abroad. Before the war we were rich; we owned money and railways and so forth abroad. The income from these helped to pay for our imports; but we sold these in order to help to win the war. We have therefore borrowed large sums from Canada and the United States to tide us over while we build up again, but when this money runs out we must pay for what we want from our own resources. To do this we must devote a far larger part than ever before of the wealth we produce to pay for imports.“
— Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
Broadcast (18 March 1947), quoted in The Times (19 March 1947), p. 4
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC