„But the thing is that Fatso doesn't even know why he is being killed; and when Prewitt sees that, he realizes what a fruitless thing he has done.“
„Sometimes a god comes,” Selver said. “He brings a new way to do a thing, or a new thing to be done. A new kind of singing, or a new kind of death. He brings this across the bridge between the dream-time and the world-time. When he has done this, it is done. You cannot take things that exist in the world and try to drive them back into the dream, to hold them inside the dream with walls and pretenses. That is insanity. What is, is. There is no use pretending, now, that we do not know how to kill one another.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin, Hainish Cycle
Hainish Cycle, The Word for World Is Forest (1972), Section 8
„The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.“
— John Steinbeck American writer 1902 - 1968
New York Times (2 June 1969)
„But we should kill him!'
'No. You've been listen to Brocando too often,' said Bane.
Brocando bristled. 'You know what he is! Why not kill--' he began, but he was interrupted.
'Because it doesn't matter what he is. It matters what we are.“
— Terry Pratchett, kniha Kobercové
The Carpet People (1971; 1992)
„You know, many a man realizes late in life that if when he was a boy he had known what he knows now, instead of being what he is he might be what he won't; but how few boys stop to think that if they knew what they don't know instead of being what they will be, they wouldn't be?“
— Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses
Literary Lapses (1910), How to Make a Million Dollars
— F. R. Leavis British literary critic 1895 - 1978
Nor Shall My Sword: Discourses on Pluralism, Compassion and Social Hope (London: Chatto & Windus, 1972) p. 43 Of C. P. Snow
„He really is a TV president. […] He loves the performance of doing things. But a lot of the time, nothing's actually being done. Essentially, Donald Trump wants to be president, but he doesn't want to do president.“
— Trevor Noah South African comedian 1984
The Daily Show, 6 June 2017 Source: Visibile at 02:00 di Trump Touts More Phony Accomplishments: The Daily Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY5IwndHDLQ, YouTube.com, 6 giugno 2017.
— José Saramago, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991), Context: Jesus then realized he had been brought here under false pretences, as the lamb is led to sacrifice and that his life had been planned for death since the very beginning. Remembering the river of blood and suffering that would flow from his side and flood the entire earth, he called out to the open sky where God could be seen smiling, Men, forgive Him, for He knows not what He has done. p. 347; Jesus' last words from the cross.
— Karl Shapiro Poet, essayist 1913 - 2000
"Poets, Critics, and Readers" (1959)
„Vidal is determined to be a) in the thick of things, and b) above the fray. He knows everybody and he doesn't want to know anybody. He has had lovers by the thousand while doing 'nothing“
— Martin Amis Welsh novelist 1949
The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 (2001), deliberately, at least — to please the other. Review of Palimpsest by Gore Vidal, p. 279
„Every man has a long list of things that should be done, but which he knows can't be done. Yet he continues to talk about them as long as he lives.“
— E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937
E.W. Howe's Monthly January 1912.
„This guy doesn't want to be caught. He doesn't want to play around. He's not Son of Sam and he's not even the LA Hillside Stranger. He doesn't want notoriety. That's why he's going to all these length to dispose of these people in the way that he has.“
— Ted Bundy American serial killer 1946 - 1989
1984 interview with Detective Robert Keppel (regarding the Green River Killer)
„The things which concerned him more than anything else were the what and the why--the what because he felt it was necessary to know absolutely what you were questioning and what you were doing or what concerned you, and then the why, the depth type of thinking which showed you the reason for doing the thing and would perhaps indicate clearly whether you should maintain what was being done or should change what was being done.“
— Lillian Gilbreth American psychologist and industrial engineer 1878 - 1972
Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1962) Conference and Convention Proceedings American Institute of Industrial Engineers. p. 21.