— Yuri Gagarin Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, the first human in space 1934 - 1968
Asking for the roof of his car to be put back despite the pouring rain, during his visit to Manchester (12 July 1961), as quoted in "Yuri Gagarin: Mankind's first giant leap" in The Economist (3 August 2011) http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2011/08/yuri-gagarin?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/bl/mankindsfirstgiantleap
Source: Rite of Passage (1968), Chapter 9 (p. 126).
„Some people are your family no matter when you find them, and some people are not, even if you are laid, still wet and crumpled, in their arms.“
— Amy Bloom Fiction writer, screenwriter, social worker, psychotherapist 1953
Source: Love Invents Us
„Being trans in some ways is very similar to being an atheist, in that some people don’t grasp it. People that come from different backgrounds just [say], “What do you mean you don’t believe in God?” They don’t get you. To them [religion] is just so obvious, and I feel like I keep on having that with gender, also. Some people just have in their mind very firm ideas of gender, and they just can’t get it into their head.“
— Abby Stein Trans activist, speaker, and educator 1991
Source: Interview with Friendly Atheist, December 7, 2015 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/12/07/a-descendant-of-the-founder-of-hasidic-judaism-just-came-out-as-an-atheist-trans-woman/.
„Plato by a goodly similitude declareth, why wise men refrain to meddle in the commonwealth. For when they see the people swarm into the streets, and daily wet to the skin with rain, and yet cannot persuade them to go out of the rain, they do keep themselves within their houses, seeing they cannot remedy the folly of the people.“
Original: (la) Quam ob rem pulcherrima similitudine declarat Plato, cur merito sapientes abstineant a capessenda quippe republica. Cum populum videant in plateas effusum assiduis imbribus perfundi, nec persuadere queant illis, ut se subducant pluviae, tectaque subeant. Gnari nihil profuturos sese si exeant, quam ut una compluantur, semet intra tecta continent habentes satis, quando alienae stultitiae non possunt mederi, si ipsi saltem sint in tuto.
Source: Utopia (1516), Ch. 1 : Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, of the Best State of a Commonwealth
— Robert Anthony professional wrestler 1982
„But I know what's important to me, and what isn't. And I think I know what people can get used to, and what they can even learn to like. (It just takes some people longer than others. :-)“
— Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954
Usenet postings, 1998
„I feel more important to just encourage people to get involved, one way or another. If I can inspire some leaders, that would be great. I don't know if I want to be a leader.“
— Joe the Plumber American conservative activist and commentator 1973
"Q & A: 'Joe the Plumber'" interview by Sarah Pulliam, in Christianity Today (May 2009) Web-only article
„You can work out in a pool and sweat, but you don't smell. In the water you are weightless. You are ageless. It feels exhilarating to get wet. And you know the water is a very sexy medium. Why do you think people always get in a hot tub?“
— Esther Williams competitive American swimmer and actor 1921 - 2013
— Martin Brundle British racecar driver 1959