— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
„Sensation tell us a thing is.
Thinking tell us what it is this thing is.
Feeling tells us what this thing is to us.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
Part I, Ch. 9
The Song of the Lark (1915)
— Martha Gellhorn journalist from the United States 1908 - 1998
Notebook entry, quoted in "Gellhorn : A Twentieth Century Life" (2003) by Caroline Moorehead, p. 88.
Context: I tell you loneliness is the thing to master. Courage and fear, love, death are only parts of it and can easily be ruled afterwards. If I make myself master my own loneliness there will be peace or safety: and perhaps these are the same.
„My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there's hardly any difference.“
— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
As quoted in Esquire, Vol. 76 (1971), also in Truman's Crises : A Political Biography of Harry S. Truman (1980) by Harold Foote Gosnell, p. 9; sometimes paraphrased: Being a politician is like being a piano player in a whorehouse.
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
— Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954
Newsweek http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4824766/, May 3, 2004.
Chapter 8 (p. 108)
Masters of the Maze (1965)
— Ryan Adams American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter 1974
Cracks in the Photograph
— Joe Satriani American guitar player 1956
As quoted in "Shred on Arrival" in Guitar World (November 1993).
— Gwendolyn Brooks American writer 1917 - 2000
the midget, the Mighty,
the richest, the poor.
Men, women, children, and trees.
I am vulnerable.
"Song of Winnie"
Source: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
„I have come to a decision which I felt I should tell you and all of my fellow American citizens, as soon as I was certain in my own mind and in my own conscience that it is the right thing to do.“
— Gerald Ford American politician, 38th President of the United States (in office from 1974 to 1977) 1913 - 2006
1970s, Remarks on pardoning Nixon (1974)
Context: I have come to a decision which I felt I should tell you and all of my fellow American citizens, as soon as I was certain in my own mind and in my own conscience that it is the right thing to do.
I have learned already in this office that the difficult decisions always come to this desk. I must admit that many of them do not look at all the same as the hypothetical questions that I have answered freely and perhaps too fast on previous occasions.
My customary policy is to try and get all the facts and to consider the opinions of my countrymen and to take counsel with my most valued friends. But these seldom agree, and in the end, the decision is mine. To procrastinate, to agonize, and to wait for a more favorable turn of events that may never come or more compelling external pressures that may as well be wrong as right, is itself a decision of sorts and a weak and potentially dangerous course for a President to follow.
I have promised to uphold the Constitution, to do what is right as God gives me to see the right, and to do the very best that I can for America.
„By telling you anything at all I'm at least believing in you, I believe you're there, I believe you into being. Because I'm telling you this story I will your existence. I tell, therefore you are.“
Chapter 41 (p. 268)
The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
Source: The Handmaid's Tale