— Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850
La solitude est certainement une belle chose, mais il y a plaisir d'avoir quelqu'un qui sache répondre, à qui on puisse dire de temps en temps, que c'est un belle chose. (Solitude is certainly a fine thing; but there is pleasure in having someone who can answer, from time to time, that it is a fine thing.) —Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, Dissertations chrétiennes et morales (1665), XVIII: "Les plaisirs de la vie retirée".
„A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.“
— Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
„You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.“
— Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
"My Neighbor's Son"
To My Daughters, With Love (1967)
„In first class, you count on your fellow passengers to make you feel good about yourself. You're supposed to look around with pride, telling yourself that these are your kind of people.“
— David Sedaris American author 1956
21.07.2001 - p.445
Theft by Finding: Diaries, Volume 1 (1977-2002) (2017)
„Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about. It’s what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
— Louise Fitzhugh, libro Harriet the Spy
Fuente: Harriet the Spy
— Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968
— Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
1920s, Truth is a Pathless Land (1929)
Contexto: You are accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but yourself can tell you if you are beautiful or ugly within? Who but yourself can tell you if you are incorruptible? You are not serious in these things.
But those who really desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without beginning and without an end, will walk together with a greater intensity, will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows. And they will concentrate, they will become the flame, because they understand. Such a body we must create, and that is my purpose. Because of that real understanding there will be true friendship. Because of that true friendship – which you do not seem to know – there will be real cooperation on the part of each one. And this not because of authority, not because of salvation, not because of immolation for a cause, but because you really understand, and hence are capable of living in the eternal. This is a greater thing than all pleasure, than all sacrifice.
So these are some of the reasons why, after careful consideration for two years, I have made this decision. It is not from a momentary impulse. I have not been persuaded to it by anyone. I am not persuaded in such things. For two years I have been thinking about this, slowly, carefully, patiently, and I have now decided to disband the Order, as I happen to be its Head. You can form other organizations and expect someone else. With that I am not concerned, nor with creating new cages, new decorations for those cages. My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free.
— Wilhelm Reich, libro Listen, Little Man!
"Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth" may be an error, or may be a satirization of the Roman Catholic Church as both an eternal oppressor and scapegoat for oppressors; there are as yet only 16 Popes who have been named Gregory.
Listen, Little Man! (1948)
Contexto: Your liberators tell you that that your suppressors are Wilhelm, Nikolaus, Pope Gregory the Twenty Eighth, Morgan, Krupp or Ford. And your "liberators" are called Mussolini, Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin.
I tell you: "Only you yourself can be your liberator!"
— Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994
Fuente: The Last Night of the Earth Poems
„When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
1980s–1990s, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays (1999)
— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Fuente: How to Win Friends and Influence People
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
„When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story.“
— Stephen King American author 1947
Variante: When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story,” he said. “When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
Fuente: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Fuente: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 135
„You must think for yourself, what you must do. If someone tells you, then you are not trying.
— Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
Fuente: The Joy Luck Club
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
"The Leaning Tower", lecture delivered to the Workers' Educational Association, Brighton (May 1940)
The Moment and Other Essays (1948)