Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), German novelist, short-story writer. The Diaries of Franz Kafka: 1910-1923, entry for October 18, 1921, ed. Max Brod (1948).)
I think a lot of people believe I'm going to fall flat on my face, and they're still waiting for it to happen. I hope they wait forever, and I hope they keep coming to watch me.
(Christine Wren, U.S. baseball umpire. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 15 (October 1975).
Wren was the second woman umpire in professional baseball; the career of the first, Bernice Gera, had begun and ended in 1972 with one game.)
The women made a plan to dig their own graves and they said, "We will stand beside our graves because we are not moving from here. You can shoot and we will lie in our land forever."
(Sheena Duncan (b. 1932), South African white anti-apartheid activist. As quoted in Lives of Courage, ch. 24, by Diana E. H. Russell (1989).
Said in a 1987 interview. The white daughter of the founder of Black Sash, an anti- apartheid women's organization, Duncan succeeded her mother as Black Sash president. Here she described the members' determination to resist.)
We are born at the rise of the curtain and we die with its fall, and every night in the presence of our patrons we write our new creation, and every night it is blotted out forever; and of what use is it to say to audience or to critic, "Ah, but you should have seen me last Tuesday"?
(Michéal MacLiammóir (1899-1978), Irish actor. "Hamlet in Elsinore," The Bell (October 1952).)
Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it's the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband's mood.
(Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Mme. Delbène, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 1 (1797).)
Rich fellas come up and they die, and their kids ain't no good, and they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.
(Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath (1940).)
I know. That's what makes us tough. Rich fellows come up and they die. Their kids ain't no good and they die out. But we keepa comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, cause we're the people.
(Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath, pronouncement at the end of the film, as the Joad family drives on in search of opportunity (1940).
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck.)
[It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed forever.
(James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To J.D. Cox, August 6, 1870. Garfield, ch. 14, Allen Peskin (1978).)
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
(Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Address, June 1990, to the international Writer's Day conference, London. "Censorship and its Aftermath," published in Index on Censorship (Aug. 1990).)