Quotations About / On:
Today, music heralds ... the establishment of a society of repetition in which nothing will happen anymore.
(Jacques Attali (b. 1943), Algerian-born French economist, writer. Noise: The Political Economy of Music, ch. 1 (1977).)
A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
(Martin Tupper (1810-1889), British author, poet, inventor. Proverbial Philosophy, "Of Reading," First Series (1838).)
Today in Germany, everyone is being watchedeven the watchers.
(Abraham Polonsky, U.S. screenwriter, Frank Butler, and Helen Deutsch. Mitchell Leisen. Otto Krosigk (Reinhold Schunzel), Golden Earrings (1947).)
Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Historic Murder," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
(Mother Teresa (b. 1910), Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary in India. quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 3, 1971).)
The poet is he who can write some pure mythology today without the aid of posterity.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 60, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Lecture, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard University. "The American Scholar," Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849).)
To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 29, 1965, White House Conference on International Cooperation.)
If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams ... then you must still regard America today with the same naive enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.
(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. "Utopia Achieved," America (1986, trans. 1988).)
One cannot serve this Eros without becoming a stranger in society as it is today; one cannot commit oneself to this form of love without incurring a mortal wound.
(Klaus Mann (1906-1949), German author, son of Thomas Mann. Mann was speaking of his homosexuality. Quoted in Marcel Reich-Ranicki, "Klaus Mann," Thomas Mann and His Family (1987, trans. 1989).)