— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
„Farewell the hope that mocked, farewell despair
That went before me still and made the pace.
The earth is full of graves, and mine was there
Before my life began; my resting-place.“
— John Davidson 1857 - 1909
"The Last Journey", from The Testament of dick peter (London: Grant Richards, 1908) p. 146
„I've been trying to live my life so that in the hour of my death I would rather feel joy, than fear.“
— Witold Pilecki World War II concentration camp leader and resistor 1901 - 1948
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
— Igor Stravinsky Russian composer, pianist and conductor 1882 - 1971
„In regard to the Germans and foreigners, I esteem them no better than other people, nor any worse. It is not my nature, when I see a people borne down by the weight of their shackles-the oppression of tyranny-to make their life more bitter by heaping upon them greater burdens; but rather would I do all in my power to raise the yoke, than to add anything that would tend to crush them.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
„My best! my last friends!
Let's not unman each other: part at once:
All farewells should be sudden, when for ever,
Else they make an eternity of moments,
And clog the last sad sands of life with tears.
Hence, and be happy: trust me, I am not
Now to be pitied; or far more for what
Is past than present; — for the future, 'tis
In the hands of the deities, if such
There be: I shall know soon. Farewell — Farewell.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„My life is pretty well at peace, and the profession is more of an avocation. It's a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would.“
— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
Context: My life is pretty well at peace, and the profession is more of an avocation. It's a calling, if you like, rather than a job. I do what I feel impelled to do, as an artist would. Scientists function in the same way. I see all these as creative activities, as all part of the process of discovery. Perhaps that's one of the characteristics of what I call the evolvers, any subset of the population who keep things moving in a positive, creative, constructive way, revealing the truth and beauty that exists in life and in nature.
„What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892