— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
— Erich Segal, kniha Love Story
Zdroj: Love Story
— Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
Interview with filmmaker Michael Moore, Rolling Stone (January 2003)
Kontext: What the media are telling you to be afraid of are the wrong things... Fear is a necessary ingredient of our survival instincts.
„It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong.“
— Wendell Berry author 1934
Citizenship Papers (2003), The Failure of War
Kontext: It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can't do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies' children who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause.
„The great success of this system is that it makes the general public afraid of taking responsibility, afraid of taking a position or giving a definite answer, or even of making mistakes.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
2000-09, Truth to Power, 2008
„One of the things I love about Kate Bush is her absolute ability to take things, to pluck things that you would never expect to see on a rock album, and put them there and make them work. James Joyce's Ulysses — one of the greatest passages in all of English or Anglo-Irish literature, is Molly Bloom's glorious soliloquy ending in a sequence of Yeses. It's about embracing the world of the senses, embracing yourself, embracing sex, embracing love, embracing the future, embracing all possibility, and it goes all the way back to me, to "Wuthering Heights" — this is somebody who is not afraid of books. This is somebody who is not afraid of reading, somebody who's not afraid of writers, and who's not afraid of translating, being an intermediary, being a door, between the world of books and the world of rock.“
— Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
The Kate Bush Story (2014)
„The great malady of public life is cowardice. Most men are not untrue, but they are afraid. Most of the errors of public life, if my observation is to be trusted, come not because men are morally bad, but because they are afraid of somebody. God knows why they should be: it is generally shadows they are afraid of.“
— Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
As quoted in American Chronicle (1945) by Ray Stannard Baker, quoted on unnumbered page opposite p. 1
1920s and later
„Once, when he was applauded by rascals, he remarked, "I am horribly afraid I have done something wrong."“
— Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 př. n. l.
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
„A big enough artist, I say, can eat anything, must eat everything and then alchemize it. Only the feeble writer is afraid of expansion.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
Zdroj: The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
„One gloomy and pessimistic writer with a powerful style affects a whole generation of writers, who in turn affect almost every educated person in the country.“
— Colin Wilson, kniha The Mind Parasites
Zdroj: The Mind Parasites (1967), p. 79
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
"Venice," The Century Magazine, vol. XXV (November 1882), reprinted in Portraits of Places (1883) and later in Italian Hours http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/8ihou10.txt (1909), ch: I: Venice, pt. I.
„Wisely humble people are never afraid to admit they were wrong. When they do it, it’s like saying they’re wiser today than they were yesterday.“
— John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947
Book Sometimes you win Sometimes you Learn
„I don't know. I just feel stuck, like I'm afraid to take any steps, in case they're the wrong ones.“
— Rebecca Stead, kniha When You Reach Me
Zdroj: When You Reach Me
„It’s a terrible thing, being afraid. It’s like an illness; like wanting to fall down, and not being able to faint. You see you never get used to it. You live with it and live with it and every day it’s worse; and one day it’s the worst of all. I thought, when it…happened, I wouldn’t be afraid. But I was wrong….“
— Keith Roberts, kniha Pavane
Sixth measure “Corfe Gate” (p. 260)
„I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm - but that's a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.“
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
1880s, 1884, Letter to Theo (Nuenen, Oct. 1884)
Kontext: I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm - but that's a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.
Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don't know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, You can't do a thing. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of 'you can't' once and for all.
Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily. He wades in and does something and stays with it, in short, he violates, "defiles" - they say. Let them talk, those cold theologians.
„The risk of making a decision that's wrong is so enormous that sometimes it just crushes people so that they can't make any decision at all because they're afraid of making the wrong decision. And that's exactly what McClellan's problem was.“
— James M. McPherson American historian 1936
1990s, An Exchange With a Civil War Historian (June 1995)