Not all Kamikaze were volunteers, ”It’s all a lie that they left filled with braveness and joy, crying, ‘Long live the emperor!’ They were sheep at a slaughterhouse. Everybody was looking down and tottering. Some were unable to stand up and were carried and pushed into the plane by soldiers.”
Creator of LSD lived up to 102.
It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, a gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for the miracles of creation. […] I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.”
—Albert Hofmann, Speech on 100th birthday
When Anne Frank’s family was arrested, her father showed the officer her height markers on the wall to prove how long they had been hiding, and after the diary was published, the officer said, “I bought the little book last week, to see if I was mentioned there, but I was not.”
George Clooney once said that he’d trade lives with Richard Branson if he could. Branson’s wife instantly responded: “Done!”
Philip K. Dick, the author of the science fiction novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, published in 1968, said “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” His novel was adapted into the 1982 film “Blade Runner”.
Former US Secretary of State, political scientist and Nobel prize winner Henry Kissinger quoted saying “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” He never denied saying that.
When asked what was the greatest political fact of modern times, Otto Von Bismarck (the man who unified Germany) responded that it was “the inherited and permanent fact that North America speaks English.”
“A philosopher is a person who knows less and less about more and more, until he knows nothing about everything. A scientist is a person who knows more and more about less and less, until he knows everything about nothing.” – John Ziman.
These are some of the most bold things ever said by people in or before battle:
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
–James Mattis to the recently defeated Iraqi military leaders.
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”
–Chesty Puller, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
“Before We’re Through With Them, the Japanese Language Will Be Spoken Only in Hell.”
–William Halsey Jr., as he surveyed the damage at Pearl Harbor.
Even though he was teenager during the Great Depression of the 1930s, John F. Kennedy said in an interview with TIME that he “didn’t really learn about the depression until [he] read about it at Harvard.”