„Nobody can guarantee a company or a concept of eternal life, but no one can accuse me of not having tried to.“
Quoted by Richard Milne in " Ikea’s fiendishly complex construction http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b9682882-2d9f-11e2-9988-00144feabdc0.html," Financial Times, November 13, 2012.
„Neither moral conceptions nor art-forms have an eternity before them. How much are we really in duty bound to pin our faith to? Who will guarantee me that on Jupiter two and two do not make five?“
— Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
Letter to Georg Brandes (17 February 1871), as translated in Henrik Ibsen : Björnstjerne Björnson. Critical Studies (1899) by Georg Morris Cohen Brandes
Variant translation: The quality of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands still in the midst of the struggle and says: "I have it," merely shows by so doing that he has lost it. Now this very contentedness in the possession of a dead liberty is a characteristic of the so-called state; and it is worthless.
As translated in Ibsen : The Man, His Art & His Significance (1907) by Haldane Macfall, p. 238
Variant translation: Neither moral concepts nor art forms can expect to live forever. How much are we obliged to hold on to? Who can guarantee that 2 plus 2 don't add up to 5 on Jupiter?
Kontext: He who possesses liberty otherwise than as an aspiration possesses it soulless, dead. One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands still in the midst of the struggle and says, "I have it," merely shows by so doing that he has just lost it. Now this very contentedness in the possession of a dead liberty is characteristic of the so-called State, and, as I have said, it is not a good characteristic. No doubt the franchise, self-taxation, etc., are benefits — but to whom? To the citizen, not to the individual. Now, reason does not imperatively demand that the individual should be a citizen. Far from it. The State is the curse of the individual. With what is Prussia's political strength bought? With the absorption of the individual in the political and geographical idea. The waiter is the best soldier. And on the other hand, take the Jewish people, the aristocracy of the human race — how is it they have kept their place apart, their poetical halo, amid surroundings of coarse cruelty? By having no State to burden them. Had they remained in Palestine, they would long ago have lost their individuality in the process of their State's construction, like all other nations. Away with the State! I will take part in that revolution. Undermine the whole conception of a State, declare free choice and spiritual kinship to be the only all-important conditions of any union, and you will have the commencement of a liberty that is worth something. Changes in forms of government are pettifogging affairs — a degree less or a degree more, mere foolishness. The State has its root in time, and will ripe and rot in time. Greater things than it will fall — religion, for example. Neither moral conceptions nor art-forms have an eternity before them. How much are we really in duty bound to pin our faith to? Who will guarantee me that on Jupiter two and two do not make five?
— Owen Lovejoy American politician 1811 - 1864
In response to threats by Democrats who were incensed by his anti-slavery remarks, as quoted in His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838–64 https://books.google.com/books?id=qMEv8DNXVbIC&pg=PA193&lpg=PA194e (2004), edited by William Frederick Moore and Jane Ann Moore, p. 194
1860s, Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives (April 1860)
„My job here today, our job, is to tell you the one thing you can count on. The one thing I can guarantee you can expect in life is that you will experience the thoroughly unexpected.“
— Dana Reeve Actress, singer, activist 1961 - 2006
Middlebury College Address (2004)
„Jesus has given me eternal life in Him. Let them take my life here, but God holds me in the palm of His hand and no one can take Him from me.“
— Francine Rivers, kniha An Echo in the Darkness
Zdroj: An Echo in the Darkness
„Nobody can influence me, nobody. Still less a woman. Women are important in a man's life only if they're beautiful and charming and keep their femininity.“
— Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah of Iran 1919 - 1980
Oriana Fallaci (December 30, 1973), The Mystically Divine Shah of Iran (interview), Chicago Tribune
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips American writer 1948
Zdroj: Kiss an Angel
„Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if they open it and read it, they don't have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don't have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or sold, or bought, or read.“
— Philip Pullman, kniha The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010)
— Jay-Z American rapper, businessman, entrepreneur, record executive, songwriter, record producer and investor 1969
— Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363
Julian, at the trial of Numerius, governor of Gallia Narbonensis, who was accused of embezzlement. Numerius had successfully defended himself against the prosecutor Delphidius, who in his exasperation, declared whether anyone could be found guilty if they only denied the charges, which provoked Julian's response. As quoted in Book XVIII of Ammianus's History.
„Believe me: She [one of the women accusing him of sexual assault] would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
at a rally in Greensboro, N.C. http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/14/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-appearance-debate/ Also quoted in Donald Trump's Barrage of Heated Rhetoric Has Little Precedent http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/us/politics/trump-speech-highlights.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news (October 14, 2016)
2010s, 2016, October
„Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.“
— Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967
The last line of this last stanza is also sometimes rendered "This land is made for you and me."
This Land Is Your Land (1940; 1944)
— François-René de Chateaubriand French writer, politician, diplomat and historian 1768 - 1848
Zdroj: The Genius of Christianity or the Spirit and Beauty of the Christian Religion
— Tallulah Bankhead American actress 1902 - 1968
Tallulah: My Autobiography (1952)
— Alice Hoffman, kniha Practical Magic
Zdroj: Practical Magic
„I had patience with them for many ages: they tried me very sorely. They did terrible things: they embraced death, and said that eternal life was a fable.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Lilith, in Pt. V
1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921)
Kontext: I had patience with them for many ages: they tried me very sorely. They did terrible things: they embraced death, and said that eternal life was a fable. I stood amazed at the malice and destructiveness of the things I had made...
— Andrew Zimbalist American economist 1947
Zdroj: Baseball And Billions - Updated edition - (1992), Chapter 3, Franchise Finances, p. 69.
„By professing no ideal in morality, these nice people can never be accused of not living up to their creed. This is the great advantage that they have over the Christians — whose creed is so lofty that they can often and truly be accused of failing to meet its demands.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
Zdroj: Peace of Soul (1949), Ch. 5, p. 71