— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
„To further the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all the processes and fulfillments of art — this is one of the fascinating challenges of these days.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
"The Arts in America" in LOOK magazine (18 December 1962), p. 110; also reported in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962 http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Quotations.aspx, p. 907 and inscribed on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
„Purge the world of bourgeois sickness, ‘intellectual’, professional & commercialized culture… PROMOTE A REVOLUTIONARY FLOOD AND TIDE IN ART,… promote NON ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples, not only critics, dilettantes and professionals… FUSE the cadres of cultural, social & political revolutionaries into united front & action.“
— George Maciunas Lithuanian artist 1931 - 1978
Maciunas (1963), Fluxus Manifesto, copies of which were thrown into the audience at the Festum Fluxorum Fluxus, Düsseldorf, February 1963.
„International language of the forthcoming generations will be solely and by necessity only a language of art.“
— Ludoviko Lazaro Zamenhof Polish ophthalmologist and inventor of Esperanto 1859 - 1917
Fundamenta Krestomatio http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8224, by Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, first published in 1903
„Concept art is first of all an art of which the material is concepts, as the material of e. g. music is sound. Since concepts are closely bound up with language, concept art is a kind of art of which the material is language.“
— Henry Flynt American musician 1940
Henry Flynt: "Essay: Concept Art." (1961) In: La Monte Young (ed.) An Anthology, 1963.
„Will the American Southwest become a giant Kosovo, a part of the nation separated from the rest by language, ethnicity, history and culture, to be reabsorbed in all but name by Mexico from whom we took these lands in the time of Jackson and Polk?“
— Patrick Buchanan American politician and commentator 1938
„The cultural atmosphere of Russia in those years had an adolescent quality, common to all periods of revolution: the belief that life is just beginning, that the future is unlimited, and that mankind is no longer bound by the shackles of history. (pg. 47)“
— Leszek Kolakowski Philosopher, historian of ideas 1927 - 2009
„France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing, though, is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963
„The revolution cannot seek to stifle art or culture since one of the goals and fundamental aims of the revolution is to develop art and culture, precisely so that art and culture truly become the patrimony of the people.“
— Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016
„Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.“
— Michael Palin British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter 1943
Context: Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won’t be made safer by creating barriers between people. Cries of “They’re evil, let’s get ‘em” or “The infidels must die” sound frightening, but they’re desperately empty of argument and understanding. They’re the rallying cries of prejudice, the call to arms of those who find it easier to hate than admit they might be not be right about everything. Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future. "Letter from London" (18 September 2003) http://palinstravels.co.uk/static-51?topic=1752&forum=12
— Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Context: The evil we now confront is not just the one-time creation of a charismatic leader and his co-conspirators, or even of a handful of regimes. What we deal with now is today's manifestation of an anger welling up from deep layers of grievance shared by many millions of people. Military force alone cannot deal with this. Public diplomacy alone cannot drain this reservoir. What will be needed is a far reaching American strategy for encouraging reform, and for engaging day in and day out with societies that are trying to cast off the curse of bitter experience relived continuously. Hope for the future is the only way to put out these fires.