„Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
And used to war's alarms;
But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
So he laid down his arms.“
Faithless Nellie Gray; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„He took her into his arms again, using all his strength to be gentle, and let his lips touch hers so lightly he could hardly feel it.“
— Morgan Llywelyn, kniha Lion of Ireland
Zdroj: Lion of Ireland
„The video of 'Paranoid Android' has been censored by MTV. They took all nipples out of the cartoon, but they had no problem with the scene in which a man cuts off his own arms and legs.“
— Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968
„He's German so he's Herr Ball. Herr Ball. His movies are so bad, cats choke when they hear his name.“
— Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2014)
„This said, he reached to take his son; who, of his arms afraid,
And then the horse-hair plume, with which he was so overlaid,
Nodded so horribly, he clinged back to his nurse, and cried.
Laughter affected his great sire, who doffed and laid aside
His fearful helm, that on the earth cast round about it light;
Then took and kissed his loving son, and (balancing his weight
In dancing him) these loving vows to living Jove he used,
And all the other bench of Gods: "O you that have infused
Soul to this infant, now set down this blessing on his star:
Let his renown be clear as mine; equal his strength in war."“
— George Chapman English dramatist, poet, and translator 1559 - 1634
Book VI, line 506, p. 94
The Iliads of Homer, Prince of Poets (1611)
„He looks down at his legs as if noticing his outfit for the first time. Then he whips off his hospital gown, leaving him in just his underwear. "Why? Do you find this" - he strikes a ridiculously provocative pose - "distracting?“
— Suzanne Collins, kniha Mockingjay
„A bird makes the same use of wings and tail in the air as a swimmer does of his arms and legs in the water.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (1938), XVII Flight
„Cannon-balls may aid the truth
But thought’s a weapon stronger;
We’ll win our battles by its aid,
Wait a little longer.“
— Charles Mackay British writer 1814 - 1889
"The Good Time Coming".
Voices from the Crowd, and Town Lyrics (1857)
Kontext: There’s a good time coming, boys!
A good time coming.
We may not live to see the day,
But earth shall glisten in the ray
Of the good time coming.
Cannon-balls may aid the truth
But thought’s a weapon stronger;
We’ll win our battles by its aid,
Wait a little longer.
— Don DeLillo, kniha Cosmopolis
„The boy seemed ready to die… he almost lost the use of his Legs and Feet… and to compleat his misfortunes was afflicted with so violent a disorder in his Eyes that there appeared to be the utmost danger of his becoming totally blind.“
— Granville Sharp English campaigners for the abolition of the slave trade 1735 - 1813
Describing his first meeting with Jonathan Strong (slave).
Quoted in Black Slaves in Britain by Folarin O. Shyllon, Institute of Race Relations/Oxford University Press (1974)
„Entrance and exit wounds are silvered clean,
The track aches only when the rain reminds.
The one-legged man forgets his leg of wood,
The one-armed man his jointed wooden arm.
The blinded man sees with his ears and hands
As much or more than once with both his eyes.“
— Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
"Recalling War," lines 1–6, from Collected Poems 1938 (1938).
„It is not that addresses at the opening of a battle make the soldiers brave. The old veterans scarcely hear them, and recruits forget them at the first boom of the cannon.“
— Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
Napoleon : In His Own Words (1916)
Kontext: It is not that addresses at the opening of a battle make the soldiers brave. The old veterans scarcely hear them, and recruits forget them at the first boom of the cannon. Their usefulness lies in their effect on the course of the campaign, in neutralizing rumors and false reports, in maintaining a good spirit in the camp, and in furnishing matter for camp-fire talk. The printed order of the day should fulfill these different ends.
„In the Laws of Cnut, it was formally laid down that no one is to bother the King with his complaints, so long as he can get Justice in the Hundred.“
— Edward Jenks British legal scholar 1861 - 1939
Zdroj: A Short History Of The English Law (First Edition) (1912), Chapter IV, Improved Legal Procedure, p. 39
„He had a way, that Hackmuth; he had a style; he had so much to give, even his commas and semi-colons had a way of dancing up and down. I used to tear the stamps off his envelopes, peel them off gently, to see what was under them.“
— John Fante, kniha Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust (1939)
„Thus use your frog…Put your hook through his mouth, and out at his gills;…and then with a fine needle and silk sew the upper part of his leg, with only one stitch, to the arming-wire of your hook; or tie the frog's leg, above the upper joint, to the armed-wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.“
— Izaak Walton, kniha The Compleat Angler
Part I, ch. 8.
The Compleat Angler (1653-1655)
„Circle' was published at last [constructivist manifesto, in 1937 - with Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson a. o. ]. Mondrian has made his studio opposite so very beautiful, and his company was always inspiring, as it had been in Paris when we used to visit him. After a while he really seemed to our domestic scene. His studio and Ben’s [the sculptor Ben Nicholson; Barbara was his wife then] were most austere, but my studio was a jumble of children, rocks, sculptures, trees, importunate flowers and washing.“
— Barbara Hepworth English sculptor 1903 - 1975
Zdroj: 1961 - 1975, Barbara Hepworth, A Pictorial autobiography', 1970, p. 283
„Something brushed his leg, and he gazed down into the face of Pippi Tucker. The theme from Jaws raced through his head.“
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips American writer 1948
Zdroj: Match Me If You Can
„Let me alone, I have yet my legs left, and one arm. Tell the surgeon to make haste and get his instruments. I know I must lose my right arm, so the sooner it is off the better.“
— Horatio Nelson Royal Navy Admiral 1758 - 1805
After being wounded during the attack on Santa Cruz de Tenerife (24 July 1797), as quoted in The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson with Notes (1845) edited Nicholas Harris Nicolas, Vol. II : 1795-1797, p. 423