„There are some battles, no matter how much you don’t want to fight them, that you just have to fight. That are worth giving your life for.“
— Paullina Simons, kniha The Bronze Horseman
Zdroj: The Bronze Horseman
„There are plenty of decent legislators, and plenty of able legislators; but the blamelessness and the fighting edge are not always combined. Both qualities are necessary for the man who is to wage active battle against the powers that prey.“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
"Practical Politics" in The Outlook (26 April 1913) http://books.google.com/books?id=ZD5YAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA936
Kontext: There are plenty of decent legislators, and plenty of able legislators; but the blamelessness and the fighting edge are not always combined. Both qualities are necessary for the man who is to wage active battle against the powers that prey. He must be clean of life, so that he can laugh when his public or his private record is searched; and yet being clean of life will not avail him if he is either foolish or timid. He must walk warily and fearlessly, and while he should never brawl if he can avoid it, he must be ready to hit hard if the need arises. Let him remember, by the way, that the unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
„The only thing a cat worries about is what's happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
Zdroj: Time Cat
„There is rarely an exception: once a cat makes up her mind to do something, your pleadings matter not at all. A dog, in the same circumstances, no matter how urgently he needs to do something, will change his mind if you insist. He is made for compromise, for self-sacrifice, for thinking about how you feel. Not cats.“
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson American writer and activist 1941
Zdroj: The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats (2002), Ch. 2
„He would listen, he said, to a great man talking, with one eye on the cat on the rug, thinking to himself how much more the cat knew than the man.“
— John Buchan British politician 1875 - 1940
Kontext: Remember his mind and no other part of him lived in his new world. He said it gave him an odd sense of detachment to sit in a room among people, and to know that nothing there but himself had any relation at all to the infinite strange world of Space that flowed around them. He would listen, he said, to a great man talking, with one eye on the cat on the rug, thinking to himself how much more the cat knew than the man.
„I had to nurture those doubts as if they were tiny, sickly kittens, until eventually they became sturdy, healthy grievances, with their own cat doors, which allowed them to wander in and out of our conversation at will.“
— Nick Hornby, kniha High Fidelity
Zdroj: High Fidelity
„Nobody has to go hungry today. There is plenty of work for a man who wants to work. A kid can make plenty of dough for himself doing almost anything. I was hungry. I had to fight my way along. Freights and the like, fight, fight all the time. The life was tough, but it hardened you.“
— Jack Dempsey American boxer 1895 - 1983
Jack speaking to The Ring Magazine (May 1956)
„I wondered again why the right thing always seemed to be met with so much resistance, when you'd think it would be the easier path. You had to fight to be virtuous…“
— Sarah Dessen American writer 1970
Zdroj: Someone Like You (1998)
„Whales have calves,
Cats have kittens
Bears have Cubs,
Bats have bittens,
Swans have cygnets,
Seals have puppies,
But guppies just have little guppies.“
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
— Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997
Quoted in Hung Li China's Political Situation and the Power Struggle in Peking (1977), p. 107
According to Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (1993), p. 315, this quote is from a speech at the Communist Youth League conference in July 1962.
„Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.“
— Lewis Carroll, kniha Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Zdroj: Alice in Wonderland
„If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat.“
— Douglas Adams, kniha The Salmon of Doubt
Douglas Adams. The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time. New York: Random House, 2002, 135–136.
Also quoted by Richard Dawkins in his Eulogy for Douglas Adams (17 September 2001) http://www.edge.org/documents/adams_index.html
Kontext: If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a nonworking cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision; it is so far beyond anything we have any means of understanding that we just think of it as a different class of object, a different class of matter; 'life', something that had a mysterious essence about it, was God given, and that's the only explanation we had. The bombshell comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we're not made by anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn't read well.
— Chuck Palahniuk, Klub rváčů
Zdroj: Fight Club
— Michelle Paver English children's fiction writer 1960
„I will now say, not only to our delegate to Congress, but to the Elders who leave the body of the Church, that he thought that all the cats and kittens were let out of the bag when brother Pratt went back last fall, and published the Revelation concerning the plurality of wives: it was thought there was no other cat to let out. But allow me to tell you, Elders of Israel, and delegates to Congress, you may expect an eternity of cats, that have not yet escaped from the bag. Bless your souls, there is no end to them, for if there is not one thing, there will always be another.“
— Brigham Young Latter Day Saint movement leader 1801 - 1877
Journal of Discourses, 1:188 (June 19, 1853)
„Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.“
— Mark Twain, kniha A Tramp Abroad
A Tramp Abroad (1880)
Kontext: You may say a cat uses good grammar. Well, a cat does -- but you let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights, and you'll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it's the sickening grammar they use.
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Attributed to Lincoln in Mark Gold (1998), Animal century . Also attributed to Rowland Hill in Henry Woodcock (1879), Wonders of Grace
„“I never even liked cats all that much.”
“Surely you realize,” said Patience, “that cats are no great respecters of human opinion.”“
— Scott Lynch, kniha The Republic of Thieves
Zdroj: The Republic of Thieves (2013), Chapter 3 “Blood and Breath and Water” section 1 (p. 146)