„Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. If you look at it to admire it you are lost.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part IX - A Painter's Views on Painting, Improvement in Art
„The years like great black oxen tread the world,
And God the herdsman goads them on behind,
And I am broken by their passing feet.“
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
The Countess Cathleen http://www.letras.ufrj.br/veralima/6_referencias/63_e_texts_2005/yeats/countess_cathleen/yeats_countess_cathleen_2005.htm, last lines (1892)
„Maybe that's what Hell is. You go mad. And all your demons come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.“
— Anne Rice American writer 1941
Memnoch The Devil (1995)
„Just try and keep up with those feet of his sometime! Try and look graceful while thinking where your right hand should be, and how your head should be held, and which foot you end the next eight bars on, and whether you're near enough to the steps to leap up six of them backward without looking. Not to mention those Astaire rhythms. Did you ever count the different tempos he can think up in three minutes?“
— Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Ginger Rogers in Evans, Harry. "Ginger, Leila, and Fred." Family Circle, May 8, 1936. (M).
— Bernard Malamud, The Natural
The Natural (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) p. 149 http://books.google.com/books?id=wCWhegoGUxwC&q=%22I+don't+think+you+can+do+anything+for+anyone+without+giving+up+something+of+your+own%22&pg=PA149#v=onepage. (originally published 1952)
„You have to believe in marriage and you have to believe in a relationship between two people. If you really think in your life that you have found the right person, you have to stick to it, even though there are ups and downs. If you really believe in your union, you have to nourish it and work for it, then you can really spend your life together forever.“
— Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„Well let them take you for a clown
And they're bound to bring you down.
You got to make it through the world if you can.
Think they're doing you wrong
But you got here on your own.
You got to make it through the world if you can.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
Song lyrics, A Period of Transition (1977), You Gotta Make It Through the World
„Do you think that a monk is your sweeper who will keep sweeping your mind for you day after day? He may clean your mind once; after that it is up to you to keep it clean. If you don't have any motivation, what can a monk do? Can a holy man erase your past impressions, or do you think he will carry you to the Lord on his shoulders? He will show you the path, but you will have to walk it yourself. That is the only way to reach God.“
— Swami Adbhutananda Disciple
God Lived with Them, p.432
„When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.“
— Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011
1990s, Interview Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur by Santa Clara Valley Historical Association (1994) Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur http://www.siliconvalleyhistorical.org/#!steve-jobs-film/c1x1c, Silicon Valley Historical Association] Steve Jobs: Secrets of Life quote http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfNvmF0Bqw, Santa Clara Valley Historical Association, YouTube]