„I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness.“
„I could make you satisfied in everything you do,All your secret wishes could right now be coming trueAnd be forever with my poisoned armsAround you.No one's gonna fool around with us.“
— Elliott Smith American singer-songwriter 1969 - 2003
„Philosophy takes it upon itself to throw off the fear of things earthly, to rob death of its poisonous sting.“
— Franz Rosenzweig Jewish theologian and philosopher 1886 - 1929
The Star of Redemption (1921), p. 3.
„I do not ask them to assume the worth of my creed or any creed; and I could wish they did not so often ask me to assume the worth of their worthless, poisonous plutocratic modern society.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Context: I do not ask them to assume the worth of my creed or any creed; and I could wish they did not so often ask me to assume the worth of their worthless, poisonous plutocratic modern society. But if it could be shown, as I think it can, that a long historical view and a patient political experience can at last accumulate solid scientific evidence of the vital need of such a vow, then I can conceive no more tremendous tribute than this, to any faith, which made a flaming affirmation from the darkest beginnings, of what the latest enlightenment can only slowly discover in the end.
„From my tenderest youth I have considered the union of Ireland with Great-Britain as the scourge of the Irish nation. And that the people of this country can have neither happiness nor freedom whilst that connection endures. Every day's experience, and every fact that arose, convinced me of this truth; and I resolved, if I could, to separate the two countries. But as I knew Ireland could not of herself, throw off the yoke, I sought for help wherever I could find it.“
— Theobald Wolfe Tone Irish politician 1763 - 1798
Speech to the Court-Martial, assembled to pass sentence on his life (November 10, 1798) http://rewinn.com/8043.html
„"When I was a freshman, I fooled around with shooting free throws this way: For some reason, I thought you had to stay within the top half of that free-throw circle, so I would step back to just inside the top of the circle, take off from behind the line and dunk. They outlawed that, but I wouldn't have done it in a game, anyway. I was a good free throw shooter in college." Actually he was a 62% free throw shooter, which is poor except in comparison to his 51% as a pro.“
— Wilt Chamberlain basketball player 1936 - 1999
„I wish I could change it all. I wish I could.
But I can’t.
Now I know what it’s like to have an indelible past—one that can’t be erased and changed at will. It’s frustrating. It’s maddening. And it makes me wish I had been more careful and thoughtful.“
— David Gerrold American screenwriter and novelist 1944
„"You must go home eventually."
"I would throw myself off a precipice first, except that I would land in the arms of the gods, Whom I do not wish to see again."“
— Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949
„As to pay, Sir, I beg leave to assure the Congress that as no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness, I do not wish to make any profit from it.“
— George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
Acceptance speech after being "elected" by the Continental Congress as commander of the yet-to-be-created Continental Army http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/contarmy/accepts.html (15 June 1775)
— Frances Bean Cobain American artist 1992
22 April 2014 https://twitter.com/alka_seltzer666/status/458559591698014208
„But I can hardly sit still. I keep fidgeting, crossing one leg and then the other. I feel like I could throw off sparks, or break a window--maybe rearrange all the furniture.“
— Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories