„What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.“

Source: The Remains of the Day

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„Every theory is true in some discipline.
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—  Gene Wolfe, book Starwater Strains

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„Love is like the glass,
That throws its own rich colour over all,
And makes all beautiful.“

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„Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.“

—  Tom Stoppard British playwright 1937

Elle est désirée pour la salir. Non pour elle-même, mais pour la joie goûtée dans la certitude de la profaner.
Source: Georges Bataille, Erotism (1962) [City Lights Books, 1991, trans. Mary Dalwood, ISBN 0872861902], part I, ch. XIII, p. 144.

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„Feeling is its own law and truth.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

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„Our own great movement will grow with its own impetus wherever it is not blighted.“

—  R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002

Source: The Flame is Green (1971), Ch. 9 : Oh, The Steep Roofs of Paris
Context: Listen now to a series of sayings that always come hard to brave people. Our own great movement will grow with its own impetus wherever it is not blighted. We will break up persons of blight and centers of blight. But often, and this will be the hard part for all of you to understand, we will warn and advise before we kill. And quite often we will not kill at all. Try to understand this.

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„Existence is its own justification, need is right.“

—  Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle

Source: Hainish Cycle, (1974), Chapter 8 (p. 261)

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