I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.
(Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. quoted in The Goncourt Journal, entry for Feb. 20, 1853 (trans. 1962).
Karr was on trial together with Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, accused of writing articles offensive to public morals.)
If the only new thing we have to offer is an improved version of the past, then today can only be inferior to yesterday. Hypnotised by images of the past, we risk losing all capacity for creative change.
(Robert Hewison (b. 1943), British cultural historian. The Heritage Industry, introduction (1987).)
They got a lucky break. Yesterday they were just two German clerks. Today they're the honored dead.
(Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Curtiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, when informed two German couriers have been assassinated (1943).)
I haven't eaten in three days. I didn't eat yesterday, I didn't eat today and I'm not going to eat tomorrow. That makes it three days!
(S.J. Perelman, U.S. screenwriter, Arthur Sheekman, Will Johnstone, and Norman Z. McLeod. Chico Marx, Monkey Business, a complaint shipboard stowaway Chico makes to fellow stowaway Groucho Marx (1931).
Groucho has no character name in the creditshe is listed as one of the "Stowaways.")
The savages set up gods to which they pray, and which they punish if one of their prayers is not answered.... That is what is happening at this moment.... Yesterday Kerensky; today Lenin and Trotsky; another tomorrow.
(Victor Mikhailovich Chernov (1873-1972), Russian socialist revolutionary. speech, Nov. 28, 1917, Peasants' Congress, Petrograd. Quoted in John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World, ch. 12 (1926).)
Today, the mass audience (the successor to the "public") can be used as a creative, participating force. It is, instead, merely given packages of passive entertainment. Politics offers yesterday's answers to today's questions.
(Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).)