„There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.“
— Hazrat Inayat Khan, Thinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening
„You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I? I mean it was careless of me to makes such a wrong guess. I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person I thought it was your secret pride."
"I'm thirty," I said. "I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor."
She didn't answer. Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
— Neil Young Canadian singer-songwriter 1945
„I never saw a wild thing
Sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.“
— D.H. Lawrence, The Complete Poems
„Well, now you can see for yourself that she was delicate", said Davey triumphantly. "She's dead. It killed her. Doesn't that show you? I do wish I could make you Radletts understand that there is no such thing as imaginary illness. Nobody who is quite well could possibly be bothered to do all the things that I, for instance, am obliged to, in order to keep my wretched frame on its feet.“
— Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate
„I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end. My field is the history of thought. Man is a thinking being.“
— Michel Foucault French philosopher 1926 - 1984
Truth, Power, Self : An Interview with Michel Foucault (25 October 1982)
— Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849
Context: From childhood's hour I have not been As others were — I have not seen As others saw — I could not bring My passions from a common spring — From the same source I have not taken My sorrow — I could not awaken My heart to joy at the same tone — And all I lov'd — I lov'd alone "[http://gothlupin.tripod.com/valone.html Alone]", l. 1-8 (written 1829, published 1875).