„This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.“
— May Sarton American poet, novelist, and memoirist 1912 - 1995
— Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894
Familiar Studies of Men and Books http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext96/fsomb10.txt (1882).
„The Book of Three can say no more than ‘if’ until at the end, of all things that might have been, one alone becomes what really is.“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
Context: “How then?” Taran asked. “Could The Book of Three deceive you?” “No, it could not.” Dallben said. “The book is thus called because it tells all three parts of our lives: the past, the present, and the future. But it could as well be called a book of ‘if.’ If you had failed at your tasks; if you had followed an evil path; if you had been slain; if you had not chosen as you did — a thousand ‘ifs,’ my boy, and many times a thousand. The Book of Three can say no more than ‘if’ until at the end, of all things that might have been, one alone becomes what really is. For the deeds of a man, not the words of a prophecy, are what shape his destiny.” Chapter 21
„That's the terrible thing: the more one works on a picture, the more impossible it becomes to finish it.“
— Alberto Giacometti Swiss sculptor and painter (1901-1966) 1901 - 1966
Alberto Giacometti in: James Lord (1965), Giacometti Portrait, p. 11-12; as cited in: James Olney (1998), Memory and Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing. p. 331
„Fight the tendency to become complacent and do one kind of music - that is the death of a musician.“
— Georg Solti Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor 1912 - 1997
„(Love) walks up to you, and when it does, you need to recognize it for what it is and, perhaps more important, for what it might become.“
— Alice Hoffman, The Museum of Extraordinary Things
„Not by birth does one become an outcaste, not by birth does one become a brahman. By one's action one becomes an outcaste, by one's action one becomes a brahman.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -566 - -483 p. n. e.
„If you were capable of thinking of an object from more than one point of view, you could imagine it doing all sorts of things. For Mother, consciousness was becoming more than just a tool for lying.“
— Stephen Baxter author 1957
Chapter 11 “Mother’s People” section I (p. 337)
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
No. 175, Upon Unfortunate Merit.
— Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952
— Richard Rorty American philosopher 1931 - 2007
Introduction to Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3 (1998).
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969