'There is no exact path to reach at your Goal or Destination, Dream is like distance not Displacement. You can choose any path to reach there. But always try to avoid a short cut one as a short cut one is not a worthy one.'
Them old masters, when they got mad, had no mercy on a niggerthey'd cut a nigger all up in a hurrycut 'em all up into strings, just leave the life, that's all. I've seen 'em do it, many a time.
(Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated January 27, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883).
Remembering her days as a slave in New Jersey.)
I say to myself that I mustn't let myself be cut off in there, and yet the moment I enter my bag is taken out of my hand, I'm pushed in, shepherded, nursed and above all cut off, alone. Whitehall envelops me.
(Richard Crossman (1907-1974), British Labour politician. diary entry, Oct. 22, 1964.
After his first week in the Cabinet.)
A woman does not have to make decisions based on the need to survive. She can cut through issues, call shots as she sees them.... Many bad decisions are made by men in government because it is good for them personally to make bad public decisions.
(Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 5, by Jerry Roberts (1994).
The former San Francisco Mayor and current United States Senator, Feinstein had been raised in an affluent family and married to men capable of supporting her. This statementmade soon after her first (and successful) political campaign, in 1969, for San Francisco Board of Supervisorsseemed to suggest that she assumed all women, or at least all who would aspire to public office, similarly had no need to earn their own livings.)
Ha! to forget. How childish! I feel you in my bones. Your silence screams in my ears. You may nail your mouth shut, you may cut out your tongue, can you keep yourself from existing? Will you stop your thoughts.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès reiterating to Garcin that they cannot ignore one another, in No Exit, act 1., Sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).)
I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat.
(Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 33, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society (1947).)