„It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity.“
— Salman Rushdie British Indian novelist and essayist 1947
"Imaginary Homelands (1992)
Zdroj: Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
Kontext: It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity. Which seems to be self-evidently true; but I suggest that the writer who is out-of-country and even out-of-language may experience this loss in an intensified form. It is made more concrete for him by the physical fact of discontinuity, of his present being in a different place from his past, of his being "elsewhere"… human beings do not perceive things whole; we are not gods but wounded creatures, cracked lenses, capably only of fractured perceptions. Partial beings, in all the senses of that phrase. Meaning is a shaky edifice we build out of scraps, dogmas, childhood injuries, newspaper articles, chance remarks, old films, small victories, people hated, people loved; perhaps it is because of our sense of what is the case is constructed from such inadequate materials that we defend it so fiercely, even to the death.
„Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit?“
— Pat Conroy American novelist 1945 - 2016
„Since the time of Plato and Aristotle philosophers have had an interest in taking note of common fallacies in reasoning.“
— Randal Marlin Canadian academic 1938
Zdroj: Propaganda & The Ethics Of Persuasion (2002), Chapter Three, Propaganda Technique, p. 110
„[The loss- of-strength gradient is] the degree to which military and political power diminishes as we move a unit distance away from its home base.“
— Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
According to Marike Finlay (1987) Powermatics: A Discursive Critique of New Technology. p. 200 with this statement "Kenneth Boulding has shown, the extent of control is a function of loss-of-strength gradient of a political centre."
Zdroj: 1960s, Conflict and defense: A general theory, 1962, p. 245
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 př. n. l.
The Sayings of the Wise (1555)
„Aboriginal lore is vast and it is inclusive. Bitterness comes from loss of culture and loss of lore. And we have lost those things to some degree. But if you actually understand the old culture then you understand that we are all in it together.“
— Melissa Lucashenko Australian writer 1967
On aboriginal lore in “The interview: Melissa Lucashenko” https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-interview-melissa-lucashenko-20130306-2flr6.html in The Sydney Morning Herald (2013 Mar 9)
„Breakaway, the breeze is sighin'
Breakaway, the time is flyin'
So, I'm gonna pack a bag and get my coat
Lock my door and leave a note
Take a train or take a boat
Well, I'm gonna breakaway.“
— Tom Springfield English musician, songwriter and record producer 1934
— Anne Rice, kniha Pandora
„Here, in the last pages of the "Abegg" Variations, Schumann plays the motto theme A-B-E-G-G (B in German notation is the English Bb) not by sounding the last four notes but by taking them away, one by one, from, the chord of Bb-E-G. This is the first time in history that a melody is signified not by the attack but by the release of a series of notes. The motto, however, ends with a repeated final G. If the motto is played by releasing each successive note, we are faced with a paradox: when the G is released once on the piano, it is no longer there to be released again-the motto is not only unplayable as conceived but unimaginable. Schumann signifies as much by another paradox: he adds accents to the sustained notes.“
— Charles Rosen American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012
Zdroj: The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 1 : Music and Sound
„There are gains for all our losses,
There are balms for all our pain:
But when youth, the dream, departs,
It takes something from our hearts,
And it never comes again.“
— Richard Henry Stoddard American poet 1825 - 1903
The Flight of Youth.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
„Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.“
— Georgia O'Keeffe American artist 1887 - 1986
O'Keeffe's contribution (1939) to the exhibition catalogue of the show An American place (1944)
1930 - 1950
Zdroj: Georgia O'Keeffe
Kontext: A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower — lean forward to smell it — maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking — or give it to someone to please them. Still — in a way — nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small — we haven't time — and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time... So I said to myself — I'll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it — I will make even busy New-Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers... Well — I made you take time to look at what I saw and when you took time to really notice my flower, you hung all your own associations with flowers on my flower and you write about my flower as if I think and see what you think and see of the flower — and I don't.
— Sue Monk Kidd, kniha The Secret Life of Bees
Zdroj: The Secret Life of Bees
„Our songs travel the earth. We sing to one another. Not a single note is ever lost and no song is original. They all come from the same place and go back to a time when only the stones howled.“
— Louise Erdrich, kniha The Master Butchers Singing Club
Zdroj: The Master Butchers Singing Club