„I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.“
— Frédéric Chopin Polish composer 1810 - 1849
„I do not ask them to assume the worth of my creed or any creed; and I could wish they did not so often ask me to assume the worth of their worthless, poisonous plutocratic modern society.“
— G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
Context: I do not ask them to assume the worth of my creed or any creed; and I could wish they did not so often ask me to assume the worth of their worthless, poisonous plutocratic modern society. But if it could be shown, as I think it can, that a long historical view and a patient political experience can at last accumulate solid scientific evidence of the vital need of such a vow, then I can conceive no more tremendous tribute than this, to any faith, which made a flaming affirmation from the darkest beginnings, of what the latest enlightenment can only slowly discover in the end.
„Philosophy takes it upon itself to throw off the fear of things earthly, to rob death of its poisonous sting.“
— Franz Rosenzweig Jewish theologian and philosopher 1886 - 1929
The Star of Redemption (1921), p. 3.
„"When I was a freshman, I fooled around with shooting free throws this way: For some reason, I thought you had to stay within the top half of that free-throw circle, so I would step back to just inside the top of the circle, take off from behind the line and dunk. They outlawed that, but I wouldn't have done it in a game, anyway. I was a good free throw shooter in college." Actually he was a 62% free throw shooter, which is poor except in comparison to his 51% as a pro.“
— Wilt Chamberlain basketball player 1936 - 1999
„No, I never wish that. I don't intend to die till I've enjoyed my life. Everyone has a right to happiness and sooner or later I will have it. Youth, health and freedom were meant to be enjoyed and I want to try every pleasure before I am too old to enjoy them.“
— Louisa May Alcott American novelist 1832 - 1888
„You could try and read my lyrics off of this paper before I lay them. But, you won't take the sting out of these words before I say them.“
— Eminem American rapper and actor 1972
— Gaio Valerio Catullo Latin poet -84 - -54 př. n. l.
LXXVI, lines 1–2
„I just like the idea of pills. I like to collect them but not actually take them. When I fell off my horse, I got tons of stuff: Demerol and Vicodin and Xanax and Valium and Oxycontin, which is supposed to be like heroin. And I'm quite scared to take them. I'm a control freak.“
— Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958