„I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Source: Life of Pi (2001), Chapter 63, p. 212
Context: I did not count the days or the weeks or the months. Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.

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Canadian author best known for the book Life of Pi 1963

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„Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time." Page 212.“

—  Yann Martel, book Life of Pi

Variant: I did not count the days or the weeks or the months. Time is an illusion that only makes us pant. I survived because I forgot even the very notion of time.
Source: Life of Pi

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„These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
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And all the times I had the chance to.“

—  Jackson Browne American singer-songwriter 1948

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„If our music survives, which I have no doubt it will, then it will be because it is good.“

—  Jerry Goldsmith film composer 1929 - 2004

Tony Thomas, Film Score: The Art & Craft of Movie Music (1991), pp. 285–295<!-- check citation -->
Context: It's nice to think about the Golden Age of Hollywood, with the big studios and their fabulous music departments and the hundreds of films coming out every year. But it's gone. In some ways the composer today is more fortunate, provided he can find a good film, because he can attempt more than he could two decades ago. Twelve-tone music was unheard of during Max Steiner's heyday, as were any other avant-garde techniques. Finally, the future of film music rests with the composers themselves. lf they take their work seriously and turn out the best that is within them, then perhaps we can persuade not only the public, but the filmmakers that good music is valuable in films. The public is not stupid. If our music survives, which I have no doubt it will, then it will be because it is good.

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„If we survive this century it will only be because you and I refuse to become Nazis.“

—  Joan Baez American singer 1941

Joan Baez, SF Chronicle, 16 January 1973, reprinted as the epigraph of the book Bohemia: the protoculture then and now by Richard Miller (Nelson-Hall, Chicago, 1977)

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„I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for survival.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007

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„We can't even say that God exists because our notion of existence is too limited to apply to God.“

—  Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain 1944

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Context: People like Thomas Aquinas would say we can't talk about God as a creator because we can only have in our heads the idea of a human creator and that can't apply to God. We can't even say that God exists because our notion of existence is too limited to apply to God. People were instructed to think about this in those terms.

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„Oh I wish that I could paint again. Paint is an instrument without which I cannot survive for any length of time. Whenever I even think of gray, green and white, I am overcome with quivers of lust. Then I wish that this war would end and that I might paint again.“

—  Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950

Quote from Beckmann's letter to his first wife Minna, from the front, first World war, 1915; as quoted in Max Beckmann, Stephan Lackner, Bonfini Press Corporation, Naefels, Switzerland, 1983, p. 14
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