— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
„I think of you as a friend. I used to think "friend" was just another word... Nothing more, nothing less. But when I met you, I realized what was important was the word's meaning.“
— Scott Lynch American writer 1978
— Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
— Lewis Black American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor 1948
„I am just thinking how unfair it is of you to quote their own words. It is a low blow to use what ExxonMobil has actually said against them. I mean, that is kind of a cheap shot, don't you think?“
— Joe Barton United States congressional representative from Texas 1949
Committee on Energy of Commerce Hearing: Gasoline: Supply, Price, and Specifications https://house.resource.org/109/org.c-span.192444-1.pdf, May 10, 2006 to Representative , on her citing ExxonMobil officials saying they don't want to build any new refineries in North America
— Jim Henson, Favorite Songs from Jim Henson's Muppets
— Gena Showalter, Alice in Zombieland
„Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.“
— Ray Charles American musician 1930 - 2004
Context: Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap. But sex is something else. I'm not sure that there can ever be too much sex. To me, it's another one of our daily requirements — like eating. If I go twenty-four hours without it, I get hungry. Sex needs to be open and fun, free and happy. It's whatever you make it, and I try my hardest to create situations where me and my woman can enjoy ourselves — all of ourselves — without our inhibitions getting in the way. You got to set your mind right and the rest will come to you naturally. No restrictions, no hang-ups, no stupid rules, no formalities, no forbidden fruit — just everyone getting and giving as much as he and she can. For the Love of Women, p. 239
— Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Chapter 38, "Thinking about life", page 402 (ISBN 9780141033570).
„A word must become a friend or you will not understand it. Perhaps you do well to be cool and detached when you are seeking information, but I remind you of the wife who complained, 'When I ask John if he loves me, he thinks I am asking for information'.“
— Edward Coke English lawyer and judge 1552 - 1634
Case of Swans, 7 Rep. 15, 17 (1592).
„I have nothing to report, my friends.
If you want to find the meaning,
Stop chasing after so many things.“
— Ryōkan Japanese Buddhist monk 1758 - 1831