— Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her
— T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
Context: It is impossible to say just what I mean! But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen: Would it have been worth while If one, settling a Pillow or throwing off a shawl, And turning toward the window, should say: "That is not it at all, That is not what I meant, at all."
„This is the word that has been put into my mouth to speak to you today. What I intended to speak has been put away from me, and beyond what is given to me I have nothing to say.“
— Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: This is the word that has been put into my mouth to speak to you today. What I intended to speak has been put away from me, and beyond what is given to me I have nothing to say. It is only the word that is put into me that I can speak to you. That word is now finished. I spoke once before with this force in me and I said then that this movement is not a political movement and that nationalism is not politics but a religion, a creed, a faith. I say it again today, but I put it in another way. I say no longer that nationalism is a creed, a religion, a faith; I say that it is the Sanatan Dharma which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatan Dharma, with it it moves and with it it grows. When the Sanatan Dharma declines, then the nation declines, and if the Sanatan Dharma were capable of perishing, with the Sanatan Dharma it would perish.
— Mike Lange Canadian sportscaster 1948
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
"Julia" on The Beatles (1968); these lines were adapted from lines of Sand and Foam (1926) by Khalil Gibran: "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you".
„I'd have sex with a number of the Muppets. I just don't talk about it publicly. It's private. Although a hint is, that there was a character in Elmo in Grouchland who was called "My Lady" and that's all I'll say.“
— Mandy Patinkin American actor and tenor singer 1952
Kansan.com (the University of Kansas Daily), "A conversation with Mandy Patinkin" http://www.kansan.com/stories/2005/apr/07/jayplay_features_mandy_qanda/ (2005-04-07)
— Andrew Carnegie American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919
„Lady Nancy Astor: If I were your wife I'd put poison in your coffee.
Churchill: If I were your husband I'd drink it.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Dates to 1899, American humor origin, originally featuring a woman upset by a man's cigar smoking. Cigar often removed in later versions, coffee added in 1900. Incorrectly attributed in Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, Glitter and Gold (1952). See various early citations and references to refutations at “If you were my husband, I’d poison your coffee” (Nancy Astor to Churchill?) http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/if_you_were_my_husband_id_poison_your_coffee_nancy_astor_to_churchill, Barry Popik, The Big Apple,' February 09, 2009 Early examples include 19 November 1899, Gazette-Telegraph (CO), "Tales of the Town," p. 7, and early attributions are to American humorists Marshall P. Wilder and De Wolf Hopper. Churchill by Himself: The Definitive Collection of Quotations, by Richard Langworth, PublicAffairs, 2008, p. 578. The Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Fred R. Shapiro, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 155. George Thayer, The Washington Post (April 27, 1971), p. B6.
„Well, I never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it“
— Hoyt Axton American country singer 1938 - 1999
Context: Well, I never been to Spain But I kinda like the music Say the ladies are insane there And they sure know how to use it They don't abuse it, never gonna lose it I can't refuse it. Never Been to Spain · Three Dog Night performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKSrHMqQTEI · Elvis Presley performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62s5QIB3WXE
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948
But I Might Die Tonight
„You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Context: You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. At a fund-raiser in Manhattan, as quoted in "Hillary Clinton Calls Many Trump Backers ‘Deplorables,’ and G.O.P. Pounces" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/us/politics/hillary-clinton-basket-of-deplorables.html by Amy Chozick, The New York Times (10 September 2016)
„Any leader has to have a certain amount of steel in them, so I am not that put out being called the Iron Lady.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013