„my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world“
unless you're not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.
Does this sound dismal? It isn't.
It's the most wonderful life on earth.
Or so I feel.
E. E. Cummings
A Poet's Advice (1958)
„The only thing Carla has ever learned to like about dealing with power is how easy it is to embarrass people who have it.“
Source: Mother of Storms (1994), p. 261
„It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
Source: Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
„I'm always there to tell people that their life is not that bad. I wish it was easy to follow that advice.“
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— Jack Prelutsky American writer 1940
„After all, there's only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: "Pick out a good one and sock it!“
— Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948
"Chapter XIV," Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball (1928), p. 199; reprinted as "Babe Ruth's Own Story — Chapter XIV (Continued)," https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AmIbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9EoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4927%2C1635850&dq=after-all-pick-out-good-one-sock The Pittsburgh Press (February 4, 1929), p. 17
Context: After all, there's only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: "Pick out a good one and sock it!" I've talked to a lot of pretty good hitters in the past ten years and I've watched them work. Go over the list from top to bottom—Hornsby, Goslin, Heilmann, Gehrig, Traynor, Cobb, Judge, Bottomley, Roush—there's not a "guess" hitter in the lot. They all tell you the same thing "I never think about whether it's a curve or a fast one that's coming. I simply get set—and if the ball looks good, I sock it."
— James Burgh British politician 1714 - 1775
The Dignity of Human Nature (1754)
„Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad– including your own bad.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
„Here is my advice when you're dealing with people who believe in something that strongly — you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.“
— Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964
Context: Just because you in Washington and you who are so out of touch with life in the media, just because you don't believe in anything doesn't mean nobody else does. We do. You know why you're confused by this show? It's because I believe in something. You don't.
Tea parties believe in small government. We believe in returning to the principles of our founding fathers. We respect them, we revere them. Shoot me in the head before I stop talking about the founders. Shoot me in the head if you try to change our government — I will stand against you. And so will millions of others. We believe in something. You in the media and most in Washington don't. The radicals that you and Washington have co-opted and brought in wearing sheep's clothing — change the pose. You will get the ends. You've been using them? They believe in Communism. They believe and have called for revolutionar — a revolution. You're going to have to shoot them in the head. But warning: they may shoot you.
They are dangerous because they believe. Karl Marx is their George Washington. You will never change their mind. And if they feel you have lied to them — they're revolutionaries. Nancy Pelosi, those are the people you should be worried about.
Here is my advice when you're dealing with people who believe in something that strongly — you take them seriously. You listen to their words and you believe that they will follow up with what they say.
„As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up you are never going to make progress.“
— Cherie Blair British barrister and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair 1954
Charles Reiss, Hugh Muir, "Cherie suicide bombing gaffe", Evening Standard, 18 June 2002, p. 1
Speech at the launch of Medical Aid for Palestinians charity, 18 June 2002, referring to Palestinian suicide bombers; she later apologised for any offence caused.
„I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. After all, what is a painter? He is a collector who gets what he likes in others by painting them himself. This is how I begin and then it becomes something else.“
— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
Quoted in: Ann Livermore (1988), Artists and Aesthetics in Spain. p. 154
Attributed from posthumous publications
„My advice to myself and to everyone else, particularly young people, is to turn on, tune in and drop out.“
— Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996
A Trip with Paul Kassner <!-- Politics of Ecstasy 1999 p. 215 -->
The Politics of Ecstasy (1968)
Context: My advice to myself and to everyone else, particularly young people, is to turn on, tune in and drop out. By drop out, I mean to detach yourself from involvement in secular, external social games. But the dropping out has to occur internally before it can occur externally. I'm not telling kids just to quit school; I'm not telling people to quit their jobs. That is an inevitable development of the process of turning on and tuning in.
„There are people who exist in this world not like entities but like the speckles or spots on something.“
Vol. I, ch. 5
Dead Souls (1842)
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
"A Necessary Dirge"
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938)
„nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else. We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time — and whenever we do it, we are not poets.“
— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
A Poet's Advice (1958)
„In my opinion, people in our society are becoming like clones. Children are not reading books, and they are not learning by doing. They're just sitting and watching each other be pretty. Like my vases.“
— Guity Novin artist 1944
Etelaat-e-Banoovan,(1971) no 755, Year Fifteenth,Wednesday 15th December.
— Wendy Kaminer American lawyer 1949
Comment about the title of Robert Fulghum's famous book, in I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional : The Recovery Movement and Other Self-Help Fashions (1992), Introduction, p. 7