„Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born, some men die,
Beneath one infinite sky?“
„Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to,
when all they need is one reason why they can“
— Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991
„Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.“
— Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Context: Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.
„I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. I am sure that either the one or the other class is mistaken in that belief, and perhaps in some respects both.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Context: The subject presented in the memorial is one upon which I have thought much for weeks past, and I may even say for months. I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. I am sure that either the one or the other class is mistaken in that belief, and perhaps in some respects both. I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me; for, unless I am more deceived in myself than I often am, it is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence in this matter. And if I can learn what it is I will do it! These are not, however, the days of miracles, and I suppose it will be granted that I am not to expect a direct revelation. I must study the plain physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible, and learn what appears to be wise and right. The subject is difficult, and good men do not agree.
„What moment in that gradual decay
Does resurrection choose? What year?
Who has the stopwatch? Who rewinds the tape?
Are some less lucky, or do all escape?
A syllogism; other men die
But I am not another: therefore I'll not die.“
— Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
„And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawney die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Shall know the reason why!“
— Robert Hawker British priest 1753 - 1827
Song of the Western Men
„Any one who is much talked of, must be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying.“
— Arthur Helps British writer 1813 - 1875