Source: Romeo and Juliet
„And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Letter to his family (18 October 1918); published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker. It was also published in The Oak Parker (Oak Park, IL) on 16 November 1918. Only 19 years old at the time, Hemingway was recovering from wounds suffered at the front line while serving as a Red Cross volunteer.
„You know how you're always trying to get things to come out perfect in art because it's real difficult in life“
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
Source: Annie Hall: Screenplay
„Breathing my mother in,
Breathing my beloved in,
Breathing her nicotine,
Breathing the fall-out in,
Out in, out in, out in, out in.“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, Never for Ever (1980)
There's no way out no way in
To the hallowed halls of the inner ring
You're just a face in the crowd
You got no place
When you're down and out.“
— Mike Oldfield English musician, multi-instrumentalist 1953
Song lyrics, Heaven's Open (1991)
— Emil Zátopek Czech Olympic long-distance runner 1922 - 2000
From original in Czech: Nemůžeš? Přidej! or ... když nemůžeš, tak přidej!
„Up and down that road in our worn out shoes.
Talkin' 'bout good things and singin' the blues.
You went your way and I stayed behind.
We both knew it was just a matter of time.
You're liv-in out dreams of you on top.
My mind is achin' and, Lord it won't stop.
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop.“
— Stevie Ray Vaughan American guitarist, songwriter and recording artist 1954 - 1990
"Life by the Drop", "The Sky is Crying"
„How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?“
— John F. Kerry politician from the United States 1943
Testimony before subcommittees of the U.S. Senate, April, 1971
— Charles de Lint author 1951
Svaha (2000), p. 265
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
Chicago Defender (28 November 1962).
Variant: It’ll be liberty or it’ll be death. And if you’re not ready to pay that price don’t use the word freedom in your vocabulary.
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, Blood on the Tracks (1975), Idiot Wind
„I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.
I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.“
— Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967
Statement quoted in Prophet Singer: The Voice And Vision of Woody Guthrie (2007) by Mark Allan Jackson. There are a few slight variants of this statement, which seems to have originated in a performance monologue.
Context: I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling. … I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.
I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.
And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think you've not any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I'd starve to death before I'd sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.