„Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. You can be green-skinned with yellow polka dots and come from Mars, but if you have knowledge that people need, instead of beating you, they'll beat a path to your door.“
— Ben Carson, Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence
„How can you thank a man for giving you what's already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what's already yours?“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
— E.M.S Nigerian rapper, singer and record producer 1995
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
— Jennifer Aniston television and film actress from the United States 1969
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
This has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Petrarch. It comes most directly from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:<br/> My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.<br/> Also seen in the Thirty-Six Strategems, as the 28th strategem: Befriend a distant state and strike a neighbouring one (遠交近攻／远交近攻, Yuǎn jiāo jìn gōng) Niccolò Machiavelli commented at greater length on the subject in The Prince:<br/> It is easier for the prince to make friends of those men who were contented under the former government, and are therefore his enemies, than of those who, being discontented with it, were favourable to him and encouraged him to seize it.
„Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.“
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
„If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.“
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993