„My life was not useless; I gave important truths to the world, and it was only for want of understanding that they were disregarded. I have been ahead of my time.“

—  Robert Owen, Deathbed statement (November 1858), in response to a church minister who asked if he regretted wasting his life on fruitless projects; as quoted in Harold Hill : A People's History http://www.haroldhill.org/section_two/section_two_page_one.htm (2004).
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Welsh social reformer 1771 - 1858

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„As I advanced in my career in librarianship, I have been a woman in a man’s world. However, this issue has not been an important factor in my thinking.“

—  Henriette Avram American computer programmer and system analyst. She developed the MARC formatting used in libraries 1919 - 2006

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„I think journalism was the most important thing I could have done with my life. I just can't think of anything I could have done with my life that would have been more meaningful.“

—  John Seigenthaler American journalist, writer, and political figure 1927 - 2014
Reported in his Tennessean's obituary; quoted in "John Seigenthaler dies at 86" http://www.poynter.org/2014/john-seigenthaler-dies-at-86/258597/ by Andrew Beaujon, poynter.org (11 July 2014)

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„Love has always been the most important business in my life; I should say the only one.“

—  Stendhal French writer 1783 - 1842
L'amour a toujours été pour moi la plus grande des affaires ou plutôt la seule. La Vie d'Henri Brulard (1890) Variant translation: Love has always been the most important business in my life, or rather the only one.

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„I gave you my life, you gave me my life.
Like a gush of wind in my hair.“

—  Yoko Ono Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933
Context: I gave you my life, you gave me my life. Like a gush of wind in my hair. Why do we forget what's been said And play the game of life with our hearts? "Walking On Thin Ice" on Season of Glass (1981).

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„The only time I see the truth is when I cross my eyes.“

—  Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

„My life is lived, and I have played
The part that Fortune gave.“

—  John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Translations, The Aeneid of Virgil (1866), Book IV, p. 138

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„All my life I've known better than to depend on the experts. How could I have been so stupid, to let them go ahead?“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Attributed, Conversation with Theodore C. Sorensen concerning the Bay of Pigs Invasion; as quoted in Sorensen's Kennedy (1965), p. 309.

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„Everybody wants me to show my vagina to the world. And the truth is, I don’t have to.“

—  Lady Gaga American singer, songwriter, and actress 1986
Interview for Maxim Magazine.

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„Writing — I exist only for that. It’s the most important thing in my life.“

—  Taylor Caldwell Novelist 1900 - 1985
1970s-, Context: About half of my published novels were written before I was published. So I didn’t write a book every two years, as some people think. Writing — I exist only for that. It’s the most important thing in my life. It’s not apart from me. I have no other interests, except cooking. I don’t belong to any organizations, clubs — I don’t go to lunches. This is my life, the most important thing — far more important than anything else I do. It has to be that way, otherwise you’re just a hobbyist. Now, a painter needs only to know the technique of his painting, and he has to have a tremendous emotional response to it. Musicians, sculptors — the same way. But they don’t have to know about everything. A writer does.<!-- He has to do a tremendous amount of reading, too. I’d rather go without food, sleep, even cigarettes, than go without books. I read at least three of four books a week, plus all kinds of publications, some very weird. I like to know what’s going on, what people think. I read the far left, the far right, and in between, to see what people are doing and saying.

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„We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Last time you were starving, I gave you my blood. It was a little homoerotic, maybe, but I’m secure in my sexuality.“

—  Cassandra Clare, book City of Heavenly Fire
The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire (2014), Context: "Why didn't you say something?" "Because, it's not like there's animals I can feed on here." "There's us." "I don't want to feed on my friends' blood." "Why not? We've been here before, haven't we? Last time you were starving, I gave you my blood. It was a little homoerotic, maybe, but I'm secure in my sexuality." Jace Herondale and Simon Lewis, pg. 509

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„All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.“

—  Jane Wagner Playwright, actress 1935
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985), "Chrissy"

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