„Ok," he said, "I don't like to disturb you at what I know must be a difficult and distressing time for you, but I need to know first of all if you actually realize that this is a difficult and distressing time for you.“
— Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
„Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on my knees and I'm gonna beg that girl to marry me.“
— Paddy Chayefsky American playwright, screenwriter and novelist 1923 - 1981
Marty (1955), Context: You don't like her. My mother don't like her. She's a dog and I'm a fat, ugly man. Well, all I know is I had a good time last night. I'm gonna have a good time tonight. If we have enough good times together, I'm gonna get down on my knees and I'm gonna beg that girl to marry me. Marty Pilletti.
„Well you know, that's still my first love. I'll die and say that I was a DB. But you know, there's still time —— there's still time in my life to still be able to fulfill my dream.“
— Ted Ginn, Jr. American football wide receiver, kick returner 1985
[Gordon, Ken, Ginn still has dreams about playing defense, Columbus Dispatch, 2006-12-21, http://www.columbusdispatch.com/bball/bball.php?story=dispatch/2006/12/21/20061221-E1-04.html, 2007-01-23]
„If I stopped loving Him, I would cease to believe in His love. If I loved God, then I would believe in His love for me. It's not enough to need it. We have to love first, and I don't know how. But I need it, how I need it.“
— Graham Greene English writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991
„The best good that you can possibly achieve is not good enough if you have to strain yourself all the time to reach it.“
— Don Marquis American writer 1878 - 1937
The Almost Perfect State (1921), Context: The best good that you can possibly achieve is not good enough if you have to strain yourself all the time to reach it. A thing is only worth doing, and doing again and again, if you can do it rather easily, and get some joy out of it. Do the best you can, without straining yourself too much and too continuously, and leave the rest to God. If you strain yourself too much you'll have to ask God to patch you up. And for all you know, patching you up may take time that it was planned to use some other way. BUT... overstrain yourself now and then. For this reason: The things you create easily and joyously will not continue to come easily and joyously unless you yourself are getting bigger all the time. And when you overstrain yourself you are assisting in the creation of a new self — if you get what we mean.
— Joaquin Miller American judge 1837 - 1913
The Ship in the Desert (1875), Context: I dared not dream she loved me. Nay, Her love was proud; and pride is loth To look with favor, own it fond Of one the world loves not to-day … No matter if she loved or no, God knows I loved enough for both, And knew her as you shall not know Till you have known sweet death, and you Have cross'd the dark; gone over to The great majority beyond. IV, p. 29.
— David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames