„For me, the discovery of the outside-world, dates from my acquisition of a bicycle [c. 1892]. I spent whole days on the high-roads. I rode through villages, towns and the country-side. I tasted dust; rain poured down on me; I struggled against the wind. With my cycle I was able to visit places never dreamed of.... thanks to my bicycle I saw fort he first time the whole of the valley of the Seine from Chatou to Havre, Mantes, Bonnières, Rouen, Duyclair and Tancarville.“
„The whole day was strange, stunning, and it was a shattering experience. The past was disappearing, as if it had never belonged to me, as if I had read about it somewhere, as if I had dreamed about it, as if it was somebody else's story I have heard and somebody told it to me. I was becoming loose from my past, I was being uprooted from my history, I was losing my autobiography. I was becoming a non-being, what Buddha calls anatta. Boundaries were disappearing, distinctions were disappearing.“
— Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
„But I am poor, and my name ends with a soft vowel, and they hate me and my father, and my father's father, and they would have my blood and put me down, but they are old now, dying in the sun and in the hot dust of the road, and I am young and full of hope and love for my country and my times, and when I say Greaser to you it is not my heart that speaks, but the quivering of an old wound, and I am ashamed of the terrible thing I have done.“
— John Fante 1909–1983; American novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Italian descent 1909 - 1983
„Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Some of the smaller countries are neutral.“
— Robert Orben American magician and writer 1928
Henry J. Waters III (April 29, 2008) "The Tribune's View: The oil crisis - Shall we continue to fiddle?", Columbia Daily Tribune.
„Tis now since I sat down before
That foolish fort, a heart,
(Time strangely spent) a year, and more,
And still I did my part:“
— John Suckling English poet 1609 - 1642
Tis Now, Since I Sat Down Before.
„hurts I have are my fault but I'm sure gonna learn from it and hopefully anyone reading this will too. the lesson: stay aware on a bicycle and look up the road in front of you at all times to make sure you can deal w/what's coming and the condition of the road you're gonna be rolling down!“
— Mike Watt musician, songwriter 1957
Statement on bicycling safety after an accident, on his blog " a hoot and a holler http://www.hootpage.com/hoot_news.html" (20 December 2003).
„… I pounded the doors at the local IBM sales office until a salesman took pity on me. After we chatted for a while, he handed me a Fortran [manual]. I'm sure he gave it to me thinking, "I'll never hear from this kid again." I returned the following week saying, "This is really cool. I've read the whole thing and have written a small program. Where can I find a computer?" The fellow, to my delight, found me programming time on an IBM 1130 on weekends and late-evening hours. That was my first programming experience, and I must thank that anonymous IBM salesman for launching my career. Thank you, IBM.“
— Grady Booch American software engineer 1955
Grady Booch (2003-04-03) in interview "Grady Booch polishes his crystal ball", IBM
„I know a lot of people talk about Seal's bicycle shorts, but it is the truth! That is what he was wearing the first time I met him and I was overwhelmed.“
— Heidi Klum German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress 1973
As quoted in "Heidi Klum: No Regrets About Risqué Oprah Interview" by Samantha McIntyre and Oliver Jones in People (27 October 2007) http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20155387,00.html
„What did I dream? Oh, what did I dream?
No one can keep me from my...
No one could keep me from my...
No fucker gonna keep me from my...
Oh, what did I dream?“
— Pete Doherty English musician, writer, actor, poet and artist 1979
„"You yourself created this Town. You made everything here. The Wall, the River, the Woods, the Library, the Gate, everything. Even this Pool. I've known all along."
"Then why did you not tell me sooner?"
"Because you'd only have left me here like this. Because your rightful world is there outside." My shadow sits down in the snow and shakes his head from side to side. "But you won't listen, will you?"
"I have responsibilities," I say. "I cannot forsake the people and places and things I have created. I know I do you a terrible wrong. And yes, perhaps I wrong myself, too. But I must see out the consequences of my own doings. This is my world. The Wall is here to hold me in, the River flows through me, the smoke is me burning. I must know why."“
— Haruki Murakami Japanese author, novelist 1949
Chapter 40, Birds
„I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors,
And now the whole world is here for me to see,
Now I'm searching for my love to be.“
— Jimi Hendrix American musician, singer and songwriter 1942 - 1970
Context: I used to live in a room full of mirrors, All I could see was me. Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors, And now the whole world is here for me to see, Now I'm searching for my love to be. Room Full Of Mirrors
„As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.“
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
Context: The outsider will say, "in fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." And if, when reason has said its say, still some obstinate emotion remains, some love of England dropped into a child's ears by the cawing of rooks in an elm tree, by the splash of waves on a beach, or by English voices murmuring nursery rhymes, this drop of pure, if irrational, emotion she will make serve her to give to England first what she desires of peace and freedom for the whole world. Ch. 3, p. 109