„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, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991
Context: 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. "Imaginary Homelands (1992)
„[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
p. 245 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."
„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
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„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
Chapter Three, Propaganda Technique, p. 110
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 př. n. l.
— Anne Rice American writer 1941
„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
„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
Ch. 1 : Music and Sound