„I feel comfortably qualified to talk about anything, but that's a personal problem and I'm dealing with it.“
— Max Barry Australian writer 1973
Great Writing interview
— Max Barry Australian writer 1973
Great Writing interview
— Dennis Miller American stand-up comedian, television host, and actor 1953
— Anne Sexton poet from the United States 1928 - 1974
Zdroj: Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters
— Keith Ellison American politician and lawyer 1963
Interview with Michel Martin, Feb 2014. http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=283904789
— Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934
Then & Now: Jane Goodall (2005)
— David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016
— Geoff Dyer English writer 1958
Zdroj: Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It (1993), p. 201
— John Cage American avant-garde composer 1912 - 1992
Quote of Cage, in an interview with Miroslav Sebestik, 1991; in Listen, documentary by Miroslav Sebestik. ARTE France Développement, 2003; as quoted on Wikipedia, note 54
— Cassandra Clare American author 1973
Zdroj: Born to Endless Night
— M.I.A. British recording artist, songwriter, painter and director 1975
Interview http://web.archive.org/web/20081013151929/http://www.egothemag.com/archives/2005/04/mia.htm to EGO Magazine (2005)
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
“The Obscurity of the Poet”, p. 3
Poetry and the Age (1953)
Kontext: When I was asked to talk about the Obscurity of the Modern Poet I was delighted, for I have suffered from this obscurity all my life. But then I realized that I was being asked to talk not about the fact that people don’t read poetry, but about the fact that most of them wouldn’t understand it if they did: about the difficulty, not the neglect, of contemporary poetry. And yet it is not just modern poetry, but poetry, that is today obscure. Paradise Lost is what it was; but the ordinary reader no longer makes the mistake of trying to read it — instead he glances at it, weighs it in his hand, shudders, and suddenly, his eyes shining, puts it on his list of the ten dullest books he has ever read, along with Moby-Dick, War and Peace, Faust, and Boswell’s Life of Johnson. But I am doing this ordinary reader an injustice: it was not the Public, nodding over its lunch-pail, but the educated reader, the reader the universities have trained, who a few weeks ago, to the Public’s sympathetic delight, put together this list of the world’s dullest books.
Since most people know about the modern poet only that he is obscure—i. e., that he is difficult, i. e., that he is neglected — they naturally make a causal connection between the two meanings of the word, and decide that he is unread because he is difficult. Some of the time this is true: the poet seems difficult because he is not read, because the reader is not accustomed to reading his or any other poetry.
— Emil M. Cioran, kniha The Trouble With Being Born
The Trouble With Being Born (1973)
— Stanley Tookie Williams American criminal 1953 - 2005
Democracy Now! interview (2005)
Kontext: The death penalty, it's not a system of justice, it is a system of – a so-called system of justice that perpetuates a, shall I say, a vindictive type of response, a vigilante type of aura upon it. We’re talking about something that is barbaric. We’re talking about something that – it doesn't deter anything. I mean, if it did, then it wouldn't be so many – especially in California, we're talking about over 650 individuals on death row. And if it was a deterrent, this place wouldn't be filled like this. And it's an expensive ordeal that – the money, as you know, the monetary means comes out of the taxpayers' pocket.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger actor, businessman and politician of Austrian-American heritage 1947
— Ataol Behramoğlu Turkish writer 1942
"Two Heart Pain" ["İki Kalp Ağrısı"], in Republic [Cumhuriyet] (16 June 2012)
— Suze Robertson Dutch painter 1855 - 1922
(version in original Dutch / origineel citaat van Suze Robertson:) Moeilijkheden met mijn leerlingen [o.a. op de Rotterdamse H.B.S. - waar ze met lesgeven begon - van 1876 tot 1882] heb ik nooit gehad, want ik was voorbereid op hun streken, omdat ik gelukkig zelf dikwijls ondeugend was geweest. Wat hadden we op de Haagsche Academie vaak 'n ontzettende pret gemaakt!. .Dus had ik mijn eigen ervaring op dit gebied nog frisch in 't geheugen.
Suze was teaching first in Rotterdam at the Dutch High School, from 1876 to 1882, and afterwards one year in Amsterdam, 1883; then she stopped teaching
Zdroj: 1900 - 1922, Onder de Menschen: Suze Robertson' (1912), p. 30
— Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1952
March 23rd, 2016 lecture at Trinity University, around 19 minutes into the lecture.
Kontext: Number 2: We are a paradigm of diversity, now I kind've touched on that already. I had my Israeli counterpart of all people, one day say to me, "hey, do you understand why you are who you are?". You mean me personally? "No, your country." I said, 'well I think so, but I'd love to hear it from your perspective.' And he said, "it's the dash". And I said, 'what are you talking about the dash?' And he said, "the dash, Irish-American; Jewish-American; Arab-American; Black.. African-American." And you know I thought about it, and I thanked him actually for the perspective because we are a diverse nation, and that's who we are. I mean, I don't know how many of you in the audience are actually native Americans; my guess is not many. Everybody else here is at some level, from some other part of the world. And we're very diverse, we embrace diversity, and we embrace it because: in my case I'll tell you when I had the Joint Chiefs around me; the Army; the Navy; the Air Force; the Marines; the Coast Guard. I would never have been able to have been an effective Chairmen if everyone had been of one view, or if everyone was of one culture. It just wouldn't have worked. We would have convinced ourselves that we had a single perfect answer, when in fact the world lend itself to single perfect answers. So look, I think in terms of assertions about America's role, we have to show the world what's possible when you embrace diverse thinking, diverse personalities, diverse groups, diverse ethnicities, diverse religions. And if we don't do it, there's very few that are going to be able to do it. So whether we accept that or not, as I said earlier, is really an individual and ultimately at some level a national choice. But my assertion is, if you're asking me our role one part of it is to continue to be that paradigm of diversity.
— Kurt Vonnegut, kniha Jailbird