„The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.“
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
Lectures on Art (1870), Lecture III
„Far up above, aliens hover
Making home movies for the folks back home
Of all these weird creatures that lock up their spirits
Drill holes in themselves and live for their secrets“
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
Lyrics, OK Computer (1997), "Subterranean Homesick Alien"
— Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
1970s, Context: Ever since the secret trip to China, my own relationship with Nixon had grown complicated. Until then I had been an essentially anonymous White House assistant. But now his associates were unhappy, and not without reason, that some journalists were giving me perhaps excessive credit for the more appealing aspects of our foreign policy while blaming Nixon for the unpopular moves. These tendencies were given impetus by an interview I granted to the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, without doubt the single most disastrous conversation I ever had with any member of the press. I saw her briefly on Nov. 2 and 4, 1972, in my office. I did so largely out of vanity. She had interviewed leading personalities all over the world. Fame was sufficiently novel for me to be flattered by the company I would be keeping. I had not bothered to read her writings; her evisceration of other victims was thus unknown to me. As quoted in "Special Section: Chagrined Cowboy" in TIME magazine (8 October 1979) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,916877,00.html
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Summations, Chapter 51, Context: I saw and understood that every Shewing is full of secret things. And therefore me behoveth now to tell three properties in which I am somewhat eased. The first is the beginning of teaching that I understood therein, in the same time; the second is the inward teaching that I have understood therein afterward; the third, all the whole Revelation from the beginning to the end (that is to say of this Book) which our Lord God of His goodness bringeth oftentimes freely to the sight of mine understanding. And these three are so oned, as to my understanding, that I cannot, nor may, dispart them. And by these three, as one, I have teaching whereby I ought to believe and trust in our Lord God, that of the same goodness of which He shewed it, and for the same end, right so, of the same goodness and for the same end He shall declare it to us when it is His will.
„The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882
Holidays http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/longfellow/19219 (1878).
„Hatred is the sign of a secret attraction that is eager to flee from itself and furious to deny its own existence. That too is God's play in His creature.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Thoughts and Aphorisms (1913), Jnana
„Now let's make this an evening
Lovers for a night, lovers for tonight.
Stay here with me, love, tonight.
Just for an evening
When we make
Our passion pictures.
You and me twist up,
And we'll stay here.
Tomorrow go back to being friends.“
— Dave Matthews American singer-songwriter, musician and actor 1967
Crash (1996), Say Goodbye
— Robert Ferrigno American writer 1947
Prayers For The Assassin (2006)
— Matsushita Konosuke Japanese businessman 1894 - 1989
Kōnosuke Matsushita. Not for Bread Alone: A Business Ethos, a Management Ethic, 1984. p. 111
— Paulo Coelho, book The Alchemist
The Alchemist (1988), Context: I ask myself: are defeats necessary? Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for a dream, we have no experience and make mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. Introduction, p. xi.
— Yasunari Kawabata Japanese author, Nobel Prize winner 1899 - 1972
Context: The "secret" of their being up in the tree had continued for almost two years now. Where the thick trunk branched out near the top, the two could sit comfortably. Michiko, straddling one branch, leaned back against another. There were days when little birds came and days when the wind sang through the pine needles. Although they weren't that high off the ground, these two little lovers felt as if they were in a completely different world, far away from the earth. "Up in the Tree" [Ki-no Ue] (1962).
— Stephen King American author 1947