— Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
„She didn’t have to believe the technology existed. She only had to believe that people believed the technology existed. People, being stupid, believed all sorts of things.“
— Adam Roberts British writer known for speculative fiction and parody novels; literature and writing academic 1965
Part 2, Chapter 4, “The Mystery of the Champagne Supernovae” (p. 128).
— John Vanbrugh English architect and dramatist 1664 - 1726
The Confederacy, Act II, sc. i.
— Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982
Chapter 5 (p. 53)
„“Do you believe in angels, Robard?” he asked faintly.
“Well, that’s alright then, she must be a devil. Can deal with those, y’know.”“
— Charles Stross British science fiction writer and blogger 1964
Chapter 7, “A Semiotic War” (p. 159)
— Charles Baudelaire French poet 1821 - 1867
— Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001
Context: I was performing The Sea Lion in the Newport Performing Arts Center. Afterwards a white-haired old woman approached me and said, Hey, you remember me? I looked her over, and I knew I remembered her, but had no idea who she was. She said, Lois. It still didn’t click. She said, Lois Learned, Big Nurse, and I thought, Oh my God. She was a volunteer at Newport, long since retired from the nursing business. This was the nurse on the ward I worked on at the Menlo Park hospital. I didn’t know what to think and she didn’t either, but I was glad she came up to me. I felt there was a lesson in it, the same one I had tried to teach Hollywood. She’s not the villain. She might be the minion of the villain, but she’s really just a big old tough ex-army nurse who is trying to do the best she can according to the rules that she has been given. She worked for the villain and believed in the villain, but she ain’t the villain.
— Matthew Prior British diplomat, poet 1664 - 1721
Alma, Canto III, l. 13 (1718).