Source: The Society of the Spectacle
„We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours?“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
Letter to Oskar Pollak (8 November 1903); cited from Briefe, 1902-1924 (1958) edited by [Max Brod]], p. 27<!-- New York: Schocken --> ; translation from Franz Kafka, Representative Man (1991) by Frederick R. Karl, p. 98 <!-- New York: Ticknor & Fields -->
Context: We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours? And if I were to cast myself down before you and weep and tell you, what more would you know about me than you know about Hell when someone tells you it is hot and dreadful? For that reason alone we human beings ought to stand before one another as reverently, as reflectively, as lovingly, as we would before the entrance to Hell.
„People like you and me never grow old. We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
In a letter to Otto Juliusburger, September 29, 1942. Available in Einstein Archives 38-238
Variant: Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
Context: People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live... [We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
„I didn't mean to make it sound like we don't want children. We don't, but I didn't mean to make it sound like that.“
— John Mulaney American actor and comedian 1982
The Comeback Kid (2015)
„We feel much sorrow for you, the elm tree had said. But what kind of sorrow—a real and sincere sorrow, or the superficial and pedantic sorrow of the immortal for a frail and flickering creature that was about to die?“
Source: All Flesh is Grass (1965), Chapter 24 (p. 247)
„You can say with safety that nowadays women have finally acknowledged their position of not liking men. We could say now that women don't like men. They can acknowledge that they prefer the company of their own kind. I think we can also say generally that most men do not like other men. Most men prefer to like women. So women are the most liked by the most people. Men love women, women love children, and children love hamsters. A one-way slide. There is little going back the other way. Can hamsters love children? I leave you to deduce the rest.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
8 1/2 Women
— James Patterson American author 1947
Source: The Angel Experiment
„We are like pygmies lost in a maze of haze. We are not at war, we are having a nervous breakdown, again.“
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
2000s, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century (2004)
„We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God's children. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, I've Been to the Mountaintop (1968)
„"Are we long-lost friends, by chance?"
"No, we never got along all that well. Long-lost acquaintances? Compadres? My cat liked you."“
Simon Lewis and Magnus Bane, pg. 689
The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire (2014)
„In old age… we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.“
— Knut Hamsun Norwegian novelist and Nobel Prize recipient 1859 - 1952
„They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world, either like children, or like old men, full of their own importance and late for dinner, in their black tail-coats and white shirt-fronts — and rather portly withal.“
The Worst Journey in the World (1922)
Personification of penguins.
— Pol Pot former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea 1925 - 1998
On the Democratic Kampuchea period, as reported by David Ashley (1995) and quoted in David P. Chandler, Brother Number One (1999)
„I look at you and I see a man because that’s what men are capable of—I don’t hunt for excuses because I don’t like to think that that’s how nasty we can get. We look at Sorry and we see reflections of ourselves. Hood take it, if we don’t like what we see.“
Source: Gardens of the Moon (1999), Chapter 4 (p. 124)
„We felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea.“
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
Stating that the development of the Mickey Mouse character was inspired by Charlie Chaplin's character "the Tramp", as quoted in How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life (2004) by Pat Williams and Jim Denney, p. 52
Context: We felt that the public, and especially the children, like animals that are cute and little. I think we are rather indebted to Charlie Chaplin for the idea. We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin — a little fellow trying to do the best he could.