— Douglas Engelbart American engineer and inventor 1925 - 2013
„You have the opportunity to be more than spectators, you can be actors in the revolution, writing about it, expressing yourselves about it. And the generations to come, what will they ask of you? You might produce magnificent artistic works from a technical point of view, but if you were to tell someone from the future generation, 100 years from bow, that a writer, an intellectual, lived in the era of the revolution and did not write about the revolution, and was not a part of the revolution, it would be difficult for a person in the future to understand this. In the years to come there will be so many people who will want to paint about the revolution, to write about the the revolution, to express themselves on the revolution, compiling data an information in order to know what it was like, what happened, how we used to live.“
— Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016
Fidel Castro Reader, pp. 238
Words to Intellectuals (1961)
— Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Jordanian businesspeople 1938
April 1, 2001, First Arab Conference on Arabizing the Internet, Amman, Jordan.
„And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people“
— Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
Interviewed with Wired: Gary Wolf. Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/4.02/jobs_pr.html (February 1996)
Context: Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people... Unfortunately, that's too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
„I do not think writers ought ever to sit down and think they must write about some cause, or theme… If they write about their own experiences, something true is going to emerge.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
"Literature Nobel Awarded to Writer Doris Lessing" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15195588 All Things Considered NPR (11 October 2007)
„If getting used to music is the essential condition for understanding, it is hard to see just what purpose is served by writing about it. A few experiences of listening to a symphony or nocturne are worth more than any essay or analysis. The work of art itself teaches us how to understand it, and makes the critic not merely parasitical but strictly superfluous.“
— Charles Rosen American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012
Source: The Frontiers of Meaning: Three Informal Lectures on Music (1994), Ch. 1 : The Frontiers of Nonsense
„I don't see myself, for example, writing about cultural dichotomies, but about human connections. All of us go through angst and identity crises. And even when you write in a specific context, you still tap into that subtext of emotions that we all feel about love and hope, and mothers and obligations and responsibilities.“
— Amy Tan American novelist 1952
SALON Interview (1995)
Context: Other Asian-American writers just shudder when they are compared to me; it really denigrates the uniqueness of their own work. I find it happening less here partly because people are more aware now of the flaws of political correctness — that literature has to do something to educate people. I don't see myself, for example, writing about cultural dichotomies, but about human connections. All of us go through angst and identity crises. And even when you write in a specific context, you still tap into that subtext of emotions that we all feel about love and hope, and mothers and obligations and responsibilities.
„An editor is a person who knows more about writing than writers do but who has escaped the terrible desire to write.“
— E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
Letter to Shirley Wiley (30 March 1954), in The Letters of E. B. White (1989), p. 391
„The truth is, going against the internal stream of ignorance is way more rebellious than trying to start some sort of cultural revolution.“
— Noah Levine American Buddhist teacher 1971
Dharma Punx: A Memoir (2003)
„No critic writing about a film could say more than the film itself, although they do their best to make us think the opposite.“
— Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993
I'm a Born Liar (2003)
„Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.“
Source: The Talented Mr. Ripley
„I write the lyrics first, then the music," he says. "I don't want to try to be someone I'm not, because people easily see through that. So I only write about my own experiences, things I know and enjoy. Like my pets. I can't write about lovey or coupley things.“
— Joseph McManners British singer, actor 1992
In regards to his own music:
„Experience used to be called The Soul. Experience as invisibility of man to man is at the same time more evident than anything.“
Source: The Politics of Experience (1967), Ch. 1 : Experience as evidence
Context: I cannot experience your experience. You cannot experience my experience. We are both invisible men. All men are invisible to one another. Experience used to be called The Soul. Experience as invisibility of man to man is at the same time more evident than anything. Only experience is evident. Experience is the only evidence. Psychology is the logos of experience. Psychology is the structure of the evidence, and hence psychology is the science of sciences.
„Even when we lose an arm or a leg, there's not less of us but more. Human experience weighs more than human tissue.“
— Augusten Burroughs American writer 1965
Source: This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.
„A poet can only write about what is true to his own experience, not about what he would like to be true to his experience.“
— Stephen Spender English poet and man of letters 1909 - 1995
The Still Centre (1939)
Context: A poet can only write about what is true to his own experience, not about what he would like to be true to his experience.
Poetry does not state truth, it states the conditions within which something felt is true. Even while he is writing about the little portion of reality which is part of his experience, the poet may be conscious of a different reality outside. His problem is to relate the small truth to the sense of a wider, perhaps theoretically known, truth outside his experience.
„The late Indira Gandhi always used to warn about the dangers that the country was facing. She used to keep saying that the country was going through a very dangerous time. This danger is now many times more than what it was at that time. We should all be cautious now.“
— Rajiv Gandhi sixth Prime Minister of India 1944 - 1991
In his address to the party workers on 12 November 1984 to spoil the machinations of terrorist, when he was elected to the post of the President of the Congress party. Quoted by Meena Agrawal in “Rajiv Gandhi” P.74