— Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
— Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
„Today, I went to sleep under a plum tree. There, I dreamed I was a butterfly, flying so pleasently. Then, I fell asleep, and the dream ended. Now- I have to ask myself - am I Zhuang Zi who dreamed of a butterfly? Or am I that butterfly, dreaming I am Zhuang Zi?“
— Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 a.C.
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives, trying to get at us. Missing, a lot of the time. A lot of miles on the motorway without a front wheel blow-out. A lot of viruses that slither through our bodies without snagging. A lot of pianos that fall a minute after we've passed. Or a month, it makes no difference.
So unless were going to get down on our knees and give thanks every time disaster misses, it makes no sense to moan when it strikes.“
— Hugh Laurie, The Gun Seller
„Can you hear me? Tonight... Tonight it's your fuckin' night! Everything depends on right now! This moment, not the past, not the future, but right now! There is no work, there is no school, there is nothing, nothing else or out, nothing negatively on this bullshit simple world, that shit that say you what to do, that shit is on the Internet, they're anger, they're hate, they're kill us, they're murder!!! It's all gone, cuz right now we have each other, we've got joy, we've got happiness, we've got joy, we've got noise, we've loud, we've got each other, we've got joy! Joy! Show me! Sing for me!“
— Billie Joe Armstrong American singer and guitarist 1972
„I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far!“
— John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
Context: It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far! July 1890, page 313 (From Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Second Series (1844) "Essay VI: Nature": "the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground.")
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
— Eve Ensler, I am an Emotional Creature
„Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.“
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791
True genius without heart is a thing of nought - for not great understanding alone, not intelligence alone, nor both together, make genius. Love! Love! Love! that is the soul of genius. - Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, entry in Mozart's souvenir album (1787-04-11) from Mozart: A Life by Maynard Solomon [Harper-Collins, 1966, ], p. 312.
— Wang Wei a Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman 699 - 759
"Song of an Old General" http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/wang_wei/poems/11147.html (老将行)