— Reuben Abel
Pragmatism and the Outlook of Modern Science (1966)
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
Context: It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison — it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo.
„I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.“
— Douglas MacArthur U.S. Army general of the army, field marshal of the Army of the Philippines 1880 - 1964
Context: I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away." And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Audio clip (ogg format)
„Old Soldiers never die, they only fade away, which has now been commuted to, they never die but only get slightly out of focus. However, the focus must be pretty sharp, for we find our retired Soldiers are in great demand and they secure ready employment in large organisations in the public and private sectors.“
— Peter de Noronha Indian businessman 1897 - 1970
„Then - being in two minds - in my father's courtyard, I counted the buttons of my coat: soldier or painter, soldier, painter, soldier, painter.... the last button told me: painter. So it was decided by chance that I would become a painter [c. 1831].“
— Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890
version in original Dutch (citaat van Johannes Warnardus Bilders, in Nederlands): Toen telde ik, op de binnenplaats mijns vaders in tweestrijd, de knoopen van mijn jas: soldaat of schilder, soldaat, schilder, soldaat, schilder.. ..de laatste knoop zei schilder, en zoo besliste het toeval, dat ik schilder zou worden [c. 1831]. p. 78 J.W. Bilders was fighting as a Dutch volunteer in the Belgium Independents War against The Netherlands. 1830
— James Carville political writer, consultant and United States Marine 1944
In a speech to LSU students at the Manship School of Communications' Holliday Forum on January 27, 2006.
— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
„One of the most considerable achievements of Surrealism was its discovery that many writers and painters of the past had been Surrealists without knowing it.“
— Henri Peyre American linguist 1901 - 1988
As quoted in Cohn Existentialism (1948), p. 36
„“A writer,” I said, when my social worker asked me what I planned to do when I got out of the hospital. “I’m going to be a writer.” “That’s a nice hobby, but how are you going to earn a living?” My social worker and I did not like each other. I didn’t like her because she didn’t understand that this was me, and I was going to be a writer; I was not going to type term bills or sell au gratin bowls or do any other stupid things.“
— Susanna Kaysen American writer 1948
„I'm a-gonna tell you how it's gonna be,
You're gonna give your love to me.
I wanna love you night and day,
You know my love a-not fade away.
A-well, you know my love a-not fade away.“
— Buddy Holly American singer-songwriter 1936 - 1959
Not Fade Away, written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty