„If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.“
— Gustav Mahler late-Romantic Austrian composer 1860 - 1911
„I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
„If a man, having lashed two hulls together, is crossing a river, and an empty boat happens along and bumps into him, no matter how hot-tempered the man may be, he will not get angry. But if there should be someone in the other boat, then he will shout out to haul this way or veer that. If his first shout is unheeded, he will shout again, and if that is not heard, he will shout a third time, this time with a torrent of curses following. In the first instance, he wasn't angry; now in the second he is. Earlier he faced emptiness, now he faces occupancy. If a man could succeed in making himself empty, and in that way wander through the world, then who could do him harm?“
— Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 до н.э.
„Then swiftly, neatly, with the grace of the young man on the trapeze, he was gone from his body.
For an eternal moment he was still all things at once: the bird, the fish, the rodent, the reptile, and man.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Context: Then swiftly, neatly, with the grace of the young man on the trapeze, he was gone from his body. For an eternal moment he was still all things at once: the bird, the fish, the rodent, the reptile, and man. An ocean of print undulated endlessly and darkly before him. The city burned. The herded crowd rioted. The earth circled away, and knowing that he did so, he turned his lost face to the empty sky and became dreamless, unalive, perfect. "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze"
„Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?“
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
"Security" (1951); excerpted in Outlaw Journalist: The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson (2008), page 15
„When a man says to me, 'Let us work together in the great cause you have undertaken, and let me be your companion and aid, for I admire you more than I have ever admired any other woman,' then I shall say, 'I am yours truly'; but he must ask me to be his equal, not his slave.“
— Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906
— Michael Faraday English scientist 1791 - 1867
„For history, I say again, has this and this only for its own: if a man will start upon it, he must sacrifice to no God but Truth; he must neglect all else; his sole rule and unerring guide is this – to think not of those who are listening to him now, but of the yet unborn who shall seek his converse.“
— Lucian ancient Greek writer 120
Sect. 39; vol. 2, pp. 128-9; H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (trans.) The Works of Lucian of Samosata.
„For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.“
— Jacques-Yves Cousteau French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher 1910 - 1997
— Erwin Rommel German field marshal of World War II 1891 - 1944
„He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.“
— Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
„Whoever says that he "belongs to his time" is only saying that he agrees with the largest number of fools at that moment.“
— Nicolás Gómez Dávila Colombian writer and philosopher 1913 - 1994