David Kirby, American Poet, on rythm and blues pioneer Otis Redding, quoted in March 2015
“Not divine, but as Godlike as a human can be”
Oliver Ames (1895 - 1918), 22 year old Harvard graduate and newly minted officer confided to his mother in summer 1917. | Ames was killed in a fierce battle with Germans in 1918.
“My excitement and enthusiasm for the trenches is unbounded, and I’m keen to go. And the best part of it is that its not a morbid enthusiasm but a really happy and constructive enthusiasm; am pleased to death with myself.”
Goga Askkenazi, a Kazakh businesswoman and socialite, quoted while living in Milan in 2015, on being part of the ruling elite in Communist Kazakhstan.
“There was more to communism than people realize. We lived very well. I thought everybody did. Our building was all officials and their families – so much fun. We went to weekends in the country, a compound with horses and hunting. All the camps were given out to different ministries according to your status.”
Lynne Olson, American author, historian and journalist. From her book 'Citizens of London' published in February, 2010.
“Facing a rapid decline in the influence and power to which it had laid claim only 60 odd years before, the United States, with the advent of the administration of Barack Obama, began to acknowledge the need to promote global cooperation rather than solely American interests and to build true partnerships with other nations.”
Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author. The quote is from her international best seller 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up' published in January, 2011.
“Socks take a brutal beating in their daily work, trapped between your foot and your shoe, enduring pressure and friction to protect your precious feet. The time they spend in your drawer is their only chance to rest.”