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All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
John Gunther
Granted: I AM an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peep-hole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.
Günter Grass (The Tin Drum)
On the whole it’s not wise to remind the devil that he’s the devil, especially when we were getting on so well.
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
What is life? It departs covertly. Like a thief Death took him.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
When you get a cat to catch the mice in your kitchen, you can't expect it to ignore the rats in the cellar.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
Yemen produces coffee, Egypt cotton, Iraq dates, Palestine oranges, and Syria trouble.
John Gunther (Inside Asia)
Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.
John Gunther
Live while you live, then die and be done with.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
What do elves consider a living wage?" Keith whispered to Gunther. Gunther just shrugged. "Their own pair of pants?
Nicole Kimberling (Irregulars)
Maybe the next world will be a pleasanter place than this
John Gunther
إن الإنجليز إنما يعبدون بنك انجلترا ستة أيام في الأسبوع ويتوجهون في اليوم السابع إلى الكنيسة
John Gunther (Inside Europe Today)
If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, why embarrass him by asking?
John Gunther
Intellectually, he is like interstellar space - a vast vacuum occasionally crossed by homeless, wandering clichés.
John Gunther (Inside U.S.A)
it is always the women who rebuild the civilizations that the men have done their best to destroy
Philip Kerr (A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther #9))
He had not recognized me, and thought I was some master he did not know.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
The real question here is what happens to you, Gunther. In many ways you’re a useful fellow to have around. Like a bent coat hanger in a toolbox, you’re not something that was ever designed for a specific job, but you do manage to come in useful sometimes.
Philip Kerr (Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther, #8))
Looking round the room I found there were so many false eyelashes flapping at me that I was beginning to feel a draught.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
[José] Saramago for the last 25 years stood his own with any novelist of the Western world [..] He was the equal of Philip Roth, Gunther Grass, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. His genius was remarkably versatile — he was at once a great comic and a writer of shocking earnestness and grim poignancy. It is hard to believe he will not survive.
Harold Bloom
All men come to resemble their fathers. That isn’t a tragedy, but you need a hell of a sense of humour to handle it.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
Petra Ral, 10 kills, 48 assists. Oluo Bozado, 39 kills, 9 assists. Eld Jinn, 14 kills, 32 assists. Gunther Schultz, 7 kills, 40 assists. "Come back home alive, and you're a full-fledged member," is the common view in the Survey Corps... but *those people* have lived through hell again and again, producing results all the way. They've learned how to live... When facing a titan, you never know enough. Think all you want. A lot of the time, you're going into a situation you know nothing about. So what you need is to be quick to act... and make tough decisions in worst-case scenarios. Still, that doesn't mean they've got no heart. Even when they had their weapons pointed at you, they had strong feelings. However... they have no regrets.
Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan, Vol. 6 (Attack on Titan, #6))
The word animal is a derivative of the Greek word anima, which also means soul.
Gunther Hauk (Toward Saving the Honeybee)
Adventure is what makes life worth living, and the way to have an adventure is to expose yourself to risk.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Winter came early that year. Snow filled the gray December air like fragments of torn-up hope
Philip Kerr (The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther, #11))
A man might think he can stare into the abyss without falling in but sometimes the abyss stares back. Sometimes the abyss exerts a strange effect on your sense of balance.
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
I made an appointment to see him and then ordered another beer. While I was drinking it I did some doodling on a piece of paper, the algebraic kind that you hope will help you think more clearly. When I finished doing that, I was more confused than ever. Algebra was never my strong subject.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
She was shot dead, in cold blood," he said bitterly. I could see we were in for a long night. I got out my cigarettes.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
The fact is that fairness is a human concept. The rest of the universe knows nothing of it.
Max Gunther (How to Get Lucky: 13 Techniques for Discovering and Taking Advantage of Life's Good Breaks)
Looking at him I felt as if I had just met a powerful gorilla while at the same time being in possession of the world's last banana.
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
You didn't take part, Benjamin?" Gunther asked, as he passed me a plate of cheese and cold meat. "My brother doesn't play games," said Paul. "He's an aesthete. He sat by the window all afternoon with a funny look on his face: probably composing a tone poem.
Jonathan Coe (The Rotters' Club)
By diversifying, you become a juggler trying to keep too many balls in the air all at once.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
The trick, he said over and over again in any number of contexts, is to disregard what everybody tells you until you have thought it through for yourself.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Respect the colony as an organism rather than a mechanism with interchangeable parts.
Gunther Hauk (Toward Saving the Honeybee)
There is evil in the best of us, of course; but perhaps just a little bit more in the worst of us.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
He was as obsequious as a Japanese ivy plant. Wringing his hands as if he hoped to squeeze the milk of human kindness from his fingernails, ...
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
Going home to Millie; and the little boy who I know will rush into my arms when I get there; whose grey eyes will shine when he looks at me, who will smile with Gunther's smile.
Margaret Leroy (The Soldier's Wife)
I wish we had loved Johnny more when he was alive. Of course we loved Johnny very much. Johnny knew that. Everybody knew it. Loving Johnny more. What does it mean, now? Parents all over the earth who lost sons in the war have felt this kind of question, and sought an answer. To me, it means loving life more, being more aware of life, of one's fellow human beings, of the earth. It means obliterating, in a curious but real way, the ideas of evil and hate and the enemy, and transmuting them, with the alchemy of suffering, into ideas of clarity and charity. It means caring more and more about other people, at home and abroad, all over the earth. It means caring more about God.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
One day I hoped some thoughtful historian would point out the close connection between the Mercedes-Benz motor car and Germany’s favorite dictator and that the Lord would find a way to pay these bastards back for their help in bringing the Nazis to power and keeping them there.
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
the man who succeeds is the man who is able to reduce problems to their simplest terms and who has the courage of his convictions - despite the objections of intellectuals. The courage to speak, perhaps, even when he believes that what he is suggesting sounds like madness.
Philip Kerr (A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther #9))
Aren’t there any traits in your daughters – at least some – which you don’t really like and are against your own principles? Yet, will that affect your love towards your daughters? They’re our children, Gunther, our treasure, how can we ever hate them for whatever they do? We might get sad, might cry, might even hate our own selves, but we can never hate those little diamonds of our blood, or else, we are no longer to be called parents.
Tamuna Tsertsvadze (Galaxy Pirates)
I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence,
Max Gunther (How to Get Lucky: 13 Techniques for Discovering and Taking Advantage of Life's Good Breaks)
Worry is not a sickness but a sign of health. If you are not worried, you are not risking enough.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Always take your profit too soon.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Chaos is not dangerous until it begins to look orderly.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
If we didn’t know that the devastating shellfire was coming from the Soviets, we could be forgiven for thinking that here, on 13 December, the end of the world had begun.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Talkativeness and charm are both, as is well-known, characteristics somewhat feminine; and they often add up to guile. Certainly there was a strong streak of the female in Roosevelt, though this is not to disparage his essential masculinity. Confidence in his own charm led him into occasional perilous adventures—almost as a woman may be persuaded with a long series of glittering successes behind her, to think she is irresistible forever and can win anybody's scalp.
John Gunther (Roosevelt in Retrospect.)
THE SWORD-WIELDER LOOKED DELIGHTED. “Chop off head?” His name, GUNTHER, was printed on an Amtrak name tag he wore over his armor—his only concession to being in disguise. “Not yet.” Luguselwa kept her eyes on us. “As you can see, Gunther loves decapitating people, so let’s play nice. Come along—
Rick Riordan (The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5))
God was always there. He sat beside us during the doctors’ consultations, as we waited the long vigils outside the operating room, as we rejoiced in the miracle of a brief recovery, as we agonized when hope ebbed away, and the doctors confessed there was nolonger anything they could do. They were helpless, and we were helpless, and in His way, God, standing by us in our hour of need, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy and loving kindness, God in all His omnipotence, was helpless too.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
It was an interesting dilemma and pointed up a real point of difference between Nazism and Communism as forms of government: there was no room for the individual in Soviet Russia; conversely not everything was state-managed in Germany. The Nazis never shot anyone for being stupid, inefficient or just plain unlucky. Generally speaking the Nazis looked for a reason to shoot you, the commies were quite happy to shoot you without any reason at all - but when you're going to be shot, what's the difference?
Philip Kerr (A Man Without Breath (Bernie Gunther #9))
What they meant was that we, the young squirts, will shit in our pants the first time we get fired upon. Nonsense!
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Rumours are often the only source of information for the common soldier. Even if they don’t exactly fit the facts, there is normally a certain amount of truth in them.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
We prefer simple lies to complex truths.
Gunther Boccius (The Fifth Device)
To determine whether either Wonderland, or where you are at this moment, is reality, you have to know which side of the rabbit hole you entered.
Gunther Boccius (The Fifth Device)
With every vial of success there is always a pinch of madness.
Gunther Bearklawth
The trick is to discern a market – before there is any proof that one exists.
Max Gunther (The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way: The Spectacular Success Stories of 15 Men Who Made It to the Very, Very Top)
truth is rarely the truth and the things you thought weren’t true often turn out not to be false.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
In case you’ve forgotten, that election made the hatred of Jews in this country socially respectable.
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse, you find out that they’ve always been a lot worse than you thought they were. And then they get worse.
Philip Kerr (The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2))
All successful marriages are based on some necessary hypocrisies. It’s only the unsuccessful ones where people always tell the truth to each other. The
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
McGrath, Rita Gunther, and Ian C. MacMillan. The
Edward D. Hess (So, You Want to Start a Business?: 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap)
Puppetry of the Foetus Dr Gunther von Hagens uses latest scientific mini-stick techniques to poke foetuses inside the womb into performing children’s tales with a bloody twist.
Armando Iannucci (The Audacity of Hype: Bewilderment, sleaze and other tales of the 21st century)
If he was a member of the human race at all, Neumann was its least attractive specimen. His eyebrows, twitching and curling like two poisoned caterpillars, were joined together by an irregular scribble of poorly matched hair. Behind thick glasses that were almost opaque with greasy thumbprints, his grey eyes were shifty and nervous, searching the floor as if he expected that at any moment he would be lying flat on it. Cigarette smoke poured out from between teeth that were so badly stained with tobacco they looked like two wooden fences.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
Berlin. I used to love this old city. But that was before it had caught sight of its own reflection and taken to wearing corsets laced so tight that it could hardly breathe. I loved the easy, carefree philosophies, the cheap jazz, the vulgar cabarets and all of the other cultural excesses that characterized the Weimar years and made Berlin seem like one of the most exciting cities in the world.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
But nothing surprises me now. I’ve grown used to living in a world that is out of joint, as if it has been struck by an enormous earthquake so that the roads are no longer flat, nor the building straight.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
I jump to my feet in this dream within a dream. Although I am quite dry, I discover that the trees of the forest in which I have slept stand rooted in water. Beyond them, at the forest's edge, stretches a tarn. From the steely face of the tarn rises a mist, and there, where the mist swirls thickest, shimmering like a pale column risen from its depths, dripping tarn water and rotted rose petals, stands Gunther.
Dalton Trumbo (Night of the Aurochs)
I need to pee,” Meg announced. I stared at her, dumbfounded. Was she really going to follow Lu’s strange instructions? The Gaul had captured us and killed an innocent two-headed snake. Why would Meg trust her? Meg pressed her heel hard on the top of my foot. “Yes,” I squeaked. “I also need to pee.” For me, at least, this was painfully true. “Hold it,” Gunther grumbled. “I really need to pee.” Meg bounced up and down. Lu heaved a sigh. Her exasperation did not sound faked. “Fine.
Rick Riordan (The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5))
(...) about one of his schools he said, "I would make the following criticisms. First, too much attention to marks. Second, too much religion. Third, no time for me to develop my own interests. Fourth, group discipline may be imposed unfairly".
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
God was always there. He sat beside us during the doctors’ consultations, as we waited the long vigils outside the operating room, as we rejoiced in the miracle of a brief recovery, as we agonized when hope ebbed away, and the doctors confessed there was no longer anything they could do. They were helpless, and we were helpless, and in His way, God, standing by us in our hour of need, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy and loving kindness, God in all His omnipotence, was helpless too.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
God was always there. He sat beside us during the doctors’ consultations, as we waited the long vigils outside the operating room, as we rejoiced in the miracle of a brief recovery, as we agonized when hope ebbed away, and the doctors confessed there was no longer anything they could do. They were helpless, and we were helpless, and in His way, God, standing by us in our hour of need, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy and loving kindness, God in all His omnipotence, was helpless too.
John Gunther (Death Be Not Proud)
The fact is, nobody has the faintest idea of what is going to happen next year, next week, or even tomorrow. If you hope to get anywhere as a speculator, you must get out of the habit of listening to forecasts. It is of the utmost importance that you never take economists, market advisers, or other financial oracles seriously.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Claiming devotion to Jesus is the ultimate evangelical argument stopper.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
His face was all sharp angles, thin and pointed, like something Pythagoras had doodled on the corner of his scroll before getting on with his theorem.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
thought that was the whole idea of the German Reformation. To abolish priestly intercession.
Philip Kerr (The Other Side of Silence (Bernie Gunther, #11))
Driving across the bumpy steppe, we are thrown up to the canvas roof over the truck and hold on to the framework of the flatbed for all we are worth. We
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Being dead is a pretty good alibi for anyone who’s in trouble with the law, but in Nazi Germany it was an existential hazard.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
As their hero, the corporate mafia is planning to do a movie on the life of Moammar Khadafy. They are reported to be considering Charlie Sheen in the lead role.
Gunther Boccius (The Fifth Device)
Or, put another way, nothing evades our attention as persistently as that which we take for granted. That’s
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
True decadence involves taking nothing too seriously,
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
This is the meaning of life, my friend. To know when you are well off and to hate or envy no man.
Philip Kerr (Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7))
The survivors of the last war were tasked to become the admonishing emissaries of those who had perished on the battlefields, sentenced to eternal silence. This
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Dalia picked up her negligee. She didn't need my help, it wasn't very heavy.
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
Our lives are shaped by the choices we make, of course, and more noticeably by the choices that were wrong.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we be like that old bird?
Max Gunther (How to Get Lucky: 13 Techniques for Discovering and Taking Advantage of Life's Good Breaks)
Anyone who believes in religion, incarcerating animals or theories not based in fact might think a coherent conversation can be had on both sides of a couple of soup cans connected by a string.
Gunther Boccius (The Fifth Device)
The sky is glowing over Stalingrad. Greyish-white smoke billows from the ground; flames shoot high into the sky in between. The long probing fingers of the searchlights tear at the half-darkness of the breaking day. There must be a lot of aircraft up. Bombs are ceaselessly raining down on a city that has been condemned to death. The explosions merge into one another, creating a devastating inferno.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Behind my office, to the south-east, was Police Headquarters, and I imagined all the good hard work that was being done there to crack down on Berlin's crime. Villainies like speaking disrespectfully of the Führer, displaying a 'Sold Out' sign in your butcher's shop window, not giving the Hitler Salute, and homosexuality. That was Berlin under the National Socialist Government: a big, haunted house with dark corners, gloomy staircases, sinister cellars, locked rooms and a whole attic full of poltergeists on the loose, throwing books, banging doors, breaking glass, shouting in the night and generally scaring the owners so badly that there were times when they were ready to sell up and get out. But most of the time they just stopped up their ears, covered their blackened eyes and tried to pretend that there was nothing wrong. Cowed with fear, they spoke very little, ignoring the carpet moving underneath their feet, and their laughter was the thin, nervous kind that always accompanies the boss's little joke.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
What my sister needed was not people urging her, as so many did, to get pregnant again as soon as possible, but acknowledgment of her loss and the violence that she experienced in that loss. She needed to know that this was not a failure or that she was a bad mother. She needed to be allowed to be not only sad but also, in her grief, to be angry. But as Gunther explained, "Society does not like to hear from us castaway mothers.
Soraya Chemaly (Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger)
I believe good luck comes to people who are ready for it and will use it unselfishly, to help others. I don't believe it often comes to the greedy. As a general rule, the greediest people I know are also the unluckiest.
Max Gunther (The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them)
Of course, [risk] is a two-way street. But look at it this way. As an ordinary tax-hounded, inflation-raddled income earner, carrying much of the rest of the world on your back, you are in pretty sorry financial state anyhow.
Max Gunther (Zurich Axioms)
The intermittent explosions and general racket from the Stalingrad front are barely audible here. At night the sky is always red, and the para-lights of the Rollbahn UvD† can often be seen out searching for likely targets. This
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Every day at precisely noon a fellow turns up on a busy street corner with a green flag and a bugle. He waves the flag, blows a few notes on the bugle, utters a mysterious incantation, and goes away. A cop, observing this exercise over a period of weeks, finally gets overwhelmed by curiosity. "What the hell are you doing?" asks the cop. "Keeping giraffes away," says the fellow. The cop says, "But there are no giraffes around here." The fellow says, "Doing a good job, ain't I?
Max Gunther (The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them)
Therefore it will probably be a day like those before, with little hope and the unasked questions. Who will it be this time? Who will lie cold and stiff on the brutal and terrible Russian soil? Whose death will be witnessed and mourned by close friends?
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
the Zurich Axioms are about the world of money, and that is a world of human events. Human events absolutely cannot be predicted, by any method, by anybody. One of the traps money-world prophets fall into is that they forget they are dealing with human behavior.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
To make any kind of gain in life – a gain of wealth, personal stature, whatever you define as “gain” – you must place some of your material and/or emotional capital at risk. You must make a commitment of money, time, love, something. That is the law of the universe.
Max Gunther (The Zurich Axioms)
Charm has an occasional contrary concomitant, heartlessness. The virtuoso is so pleased by the way he produces his effects that he disregards the audience. Once Dorothy Thompson came in to see FDR after a comparatively long period of having been snubbed by the White House—although she had deserted Wilkie for Roosevelt during the campaign just concluded, and as a result had been fired from The New York Herald Tribune, the best job she ever had. Roosevelt greeted her with the remark, "Dorothy, you lost your job, but I kept mine—ha, ha!
John Gunther (Roosevelt in Retrospect.)
We walk quietly beside the vehicles, in order to keep warm. I have to rub my eyes continually—the constant staring into the fog and the cutting cold is affecting my sight. Whenever we watch we imagine figures in front of us and clutch our weapons that much more tightly.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
The concierge was a snapper who was over the hill and down a disused mine-shaft. Her hair was every bit as natural as a parade goose-stepping down the Wilhelmstrasse, and she'd evidently been wearing a boxing-glove when she's applied the crimson lipstick to her paperclip of a mouth.
Philip Kerr (March Violets (Bernie Gunther, #1))
Mr. Roosevelt liked to be liked. He courted and wooed people. He had good taste, an affable disposition, and profound delight in people and human relationships. This was probably the single most revealing of all his characteristics; it was both a strength and a weakness, and is a clue to much. To want to be liked by everybody does not merely mean amiability; it connotes will to power, for the obvious reason that if the process is carried on long enough and enough people like the person, his power eventually becomes infinite and universal. Conversely, any man with great will to power and sense of historical mission, like Roosevelt, not only likes to be liked; he has to be liked, in order to feed his ego. But FDR went beyond this; he wanted to be liked not only by contemporaries on as broad a scale as possible, but by posterity. This, among others, is one reason for his collector's instinct. He collected himself—for history. He wanted to be spoken of well by succeeding generations, which means that he had the typical great man's wish for immortality, and hence—as we shall see in a subsequent chapter—he preserved everything about himself that might be of the slightest interest to historians. His passion for collecting and cataloguing is also a suggestive indication of his optimism. He was quite content to put absolutely everything on the record, without fear of what the world verdict of history would be.
John Gunther (Roosevelt in Retrospect.)
We are now standing on top of a small hill and can see something of the city. More black smoke and smouldering fires—a terrible sight, and we can feel Stalingrad’s hot breath. This must be how Rome looked after Nero put it to the torch The only difference is that here the inferno is made worse by the screaming shells and lethal explosions, increasing the madness and giving the onlooker the impression that he’s witnessing the end of the world. The further we penetrate into the city, the closer the shells fall around us. ‘The usual evening blessing from Ivan,’ remarks the medic.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” –G. K. Chesterton English philosopher known as the “prince of paradox” “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” –John Gunther American journalist, author of Death Be Not Proud “The acquisition of riches has been for many men, not an end, but a change, of troubles.” –Epicurus Ancient Greek philosopher, founder of the school of Epicureanism “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” –Eleanor Roosevelt Longest-serving First Lady of the United States, diplomat, and activist
Timothy Ferriss (Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World)
Sergeant Powell would never understand what compelled Henry Gunther to rise up and charge the enemy. Gunther had never been seduced by dreams of battlefield glory. He had lost his sergeant’s stripes and been broken to private for urging a friend, in a censored letter, to stay out of the war. His pointless gesture might have been a last desperate effort to eradicate the stain. Whatever the impulse, Gunther kept advancing, bayonet fixed. The German gunners reluctantly fired a five-round burst. Gunther was struck in the left temple and died instantly. The time was 10:59 A.M. General Pershing’s order of the day would record Henry
Joseph E. Persico (Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918)
Some clever individual takes wine bottles half full of petrol and sticks a cartridge case with two holes in the side up through the cork. The gas which escapes up through the cartridge case is ignited and burns evenly, lighting up the bunker better than the usual Hindenburg candles, which are in short supply anyway.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Shifting the frame only slightly, the choice of a theory from among the range of always ideologically founded theories is itself necessarily ideologically motivated. Positioning is unavoidable; positioning is the result of choice from among a range of possibilities; that choice is socially meaningful - it is ideological.
Gunther Kress (Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication: Exploring Contemporary Methods of Communication)
There was much more she would have liked to tell her brother. But within a few months, she would be able to tell him in person. When he learned of the attack on the airship, nothing would stop Archimedes and his wife from coming. But at least they would fly to the Red City instead of Krakentown, where he might be recognized as the smuggler Wolfram Gunther-Baptiste. One day, she might write a story inspired by that part of his career. She would call it The Idiot Smuggler Who Destroyed the Horde Rebellion’s War Machines and Changed His Name to Avoid the Rebel Assassins. Zenobia would take pity on the idiot’s sister and leave her out of the tale. She
Meljean Brook (The Kraken King and the Fox's Den (Iron Seas, #4.3; Kraken King, #3))
For heaven’s sake, they are forever going on about the ‘proud, successful German advances’ in the Army news bulletins, but here in Stalingrad I haven’t seen anything of that. The only thing I understand is that we are holed up in these ruins like cowering rats, fighting for our lives. But what else can we do, given the Russian superiority?
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
their home was the front-line trench or the foxhole—there, on the main battle line, where day after day they worried about their survival and killed their enemies in order to avoid being killed; where each man fought as a unit but in the end had to rely upon himself; where the earth around them often turned into a burning hell; where they sensed the ice-cold touch of death when a glowing hot splinter or a fizzing bullet searched out their living bodies; where the shredded corpses of their enemy were heaped in front of them; and where the piercing screams of the wounded would mix with the barely audible calls of the dying, touching them as they cowered deep within the ground and pursuing them in their nightmares. There
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Berlín. Yo adoraba esta vieja ciudad. Pero eso fue antes de que se mirara en su propio reflejo y le diera por llevar unos corsés tan ajustados que apenas podía respirar. Yo adoraba las filosofías fáciles y despreocupadas, el jazz barato, los cabarés vulgares y todos los demás excesos culturales que caracterizaron los años del Weimar y que hicieron de Berlín una de las ciudades más apasionantes del mundo.
Philip Kerr (Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther #1-3))
Al Hershey had sent me a long letter from Cold Spring Harbor summarizing the recently completed experiments by which he and Martha Chase established that a key feature of the infection of a bacterium by a phage was the injection of the viral DNA into the host bacterium. Most important, very little protein entered the bacterium. Their experiment was thus a powerful new proof that DNA is the primary genetic material. Nonetheless, almost no one in the audience of over four hundred microbiologists seemed interested as I read long sections of Hershey’s letter. Obvious exceptions were André Lwoff, Seymour Benzer, and Gunther Stent, all briefly over from Paris. They knew that Hershey’s experiments were not trivial and that from then on everyone was going to place more emphasis on DNA. To most of the spectators, however, Hershey’s name carried no weight.
James D. Watson (The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA)
Πώς να περιγράψει κανείς το απερίγραπτο; Πώς μπορείς να μιλήσεις για κάτι που σε άφησε άφωνο από τρόμο; Υπάρχουν άλλοι, πολύ πιο ευφραδείς, που στάθηκαν ανίκανοι να βρουν τις κατάλληλες λέξεις, Πρόκειται για την σιωπή που γεννάει η ντροπή, αφού ακόμα και οι αθώοι είναι ένοχοι. Στερούμενος τα δικαιώματά του, ο άνθρωπος ξαναγίνεται ζώο. Οι πεινασμένοι κλέβουν απ' τους πεινασμένους. Η προσωπική επιβίωση αποτελεί την μόνη έγνοια. Μια έγνοια που καταπατά, ή και διαγράφει ακόμα, το οποιοδήποτε βίωμα. Σκοπός του Νταχάου ήταν να δουλεύεις μέχρι να καταστρέψεις την πνευματική σου υπόσταση. Ο θάνατος ήταν ένα αναπάντεχο υποπροϊόν. Για να επιβιώσεις εσύ, οι άλλοι έπρεπε να υποφέρουν για λογαριασμό σου. Όταν χτυπούσαν ή λιντσάριζαν κάποιον άλλο, εσύ ήσουν ασφαλής -έστω και για λίγο. Άλλοτε πάλι, για μερικές μέρες, έτρωγες την μερίδα του διπλανού σου, που είχε πεθάνει στον ύπνο του.
Philip Kerr (Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther #1-3))
The soldiers look like dirty brown lumps of clay glued on to the white camouflaged tanks as, for the first time, I see our enemies in front of me. A faint shudder goes through my body. If they get me, everything is over, because we have often heard in gruesome detail what they do to German soldiers. There is a mixture of excitement, fright and rebelliousness about what could be happening to us. My mouth is dry and I grip my carbine more tightly.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
With a gesture of his hand towards the water, the Feldwebel now demands: ‘Drink, Ruski!’ The old fellow looks at him with a crafty expression, smiles and refuses several times while repeatedly saying something like: ‘Pan karosch, pan karosch.’ The Feldwebel now becomes impatient. He grabs the old fellow by the neck and shoves his face in the bucket; the old boy chokes and swallows. He looks a bit surprised, but not too concerned. In other words, the water’s safe.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Once, in front of an assembled group, he asked a tank grenadier, who had only been with us three days, if he had been able to ‘integrate’ himself yet. The young soldier, who came from Upper Silesia, and spoke German in a rather humorous and twisted form, looked at the Old Man in a rather quizzical manner, but then, seemingly having understood, answered, ‘I don’t know yet, Herr Oberleitnand!’ We could see that the Old Man had not expected this answer. He therefore asked: ‘Why not? You’ve been here with us for three days!’ ‘Jawoll, Herr Oberleitnand!’ answered the man. ‘But I only got my first black crap tablet two hours ago!’ The entire group just howled with laughter! The soldier thought the Old Man had asked him if the charcoal tablets had helped his diarrhoea. The Old Man laughed with us of course, but he didn’t realise that we were laughing over the delightfully down-to-earth answer to the posh way the question was put to him. The Old Man had of course only wanted to know if the soldier had found himself at ease in our group.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Gen. Helmuth von Moltke, Chief of the German General Staff[1] from 1857 until his retirement in 1888, often related a story to junior members of his staff that described the essence of the German system of command. Following a battle, Prince Frederick Karl took a major aside and proceeded to reprimand the young officer for a tactical mistake. The major responded that he was following an order issued to him from a superior officer, which constituted the word of the king himself. The prince responded in kind, “‘His Majesty made you a major because he believed you would know when not to obey his orders.’”[2]
Michael J. Gunther (Auftragstaktik: The Basis For Modern Military Command)
The train company does not have that much to carry, but the rest of us are loaded down like pack animals—we carry the full kit with blanket and ground sheet, steel helmet and heavy winter coat thrown over it. We have a full ammunition pouch on the belt, on our backs the kitbag with the field canteen, and on the other side the folded entrenching tool. A gas mask is slung around our necks, resting on the chest, and the heavy rifle swings back and forth from its strap round the neck. Lastly, a ditty bag is carried in one hand, filled with clean socks, underwear and similar items. The whole lot weighs about 40lb.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
the days and weeks in which we distraught Germans tried to escape the Stalingrad encirclement, finally fleeing headlong across the frozen Don under the shattering live fire from the approaching one hundred Russian tanks. This incident ended a never-to-be-forgotten experience as, almost deafened from the roar of the exploding shells and the incessant clatter of tracks, and blinded by the flashing close behind us, we made our way over mountains of emaciated corpses and wounded comrades whose blood stained the snow red, to the safety of the other bank of the Don, which, the day before, had seemed so peaceful covered in a mantle of fresh snow.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
In the distance I can see a group of figures marching in a long row. As they come closer I can see that they are mostly women, loaded down with bundles. Some men are walking along carrying nothing. Hans Weichert gets annoyed with the men for allowing the women to carry the heavy loads while they just walk along beside them. Our wagon chief, the Obergefreiter, explains: ‘In this part of Russia that’s normal. The pajenkas, the girls, and the mattkas, the mothers or women, are from childhood taught to do what the pan, or man, tells them to do. The men are real layabouts: they decide what’s to be done. Whenever you see them they are always walking alongside the women. Indoors they are usually to be found lying on the clay ovens asleep. Nowadays you mostly see only old men—all the youngsters have gone off to the war.
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Elizabeth’s concern that Ian might insult them, either intentionally or otherwise, soon gave way to admiration and then to helpless amusement as he sat for the next half-hour, charming them all with an occasional lazy smile or interjecting a gallant compliment, while they spent the entire time debating whether to sell the chocolates being donated by Gunther’s for $5 or $6 per box. Despite Ian’s outwardly bland demeanor, Elizabeth waited uneasily for him to say he’d buy the damned cartload of chocolates for $10 apiece, if it would get them on to the next problem, which she knew was what he was dying to say. But she needn’t have worried, for he continued to positively exude pleasant interest. Four times, the committee paused to solicit his advice; four times, he smilingly made excellent suggestions; four times, they ignored what he suggested. And four times, he seemed not to mind in the least or even notice. Making a mental note to thank him profusely for his incredible forbearance, Elizabeth kept her attention on her guests and the discussion, until she inadvertently glanced in his direction, and her breath caught. Seated on the opposite side of the gathering from her, he was now leaning back in his chair, his left ankle propped atop his right knee, and despite his apparent absorption in the topic being discussed, his heavy-lidded gaze was roving meaningfully over her breasts. One look at the smile tugging at his lips and Elizabeth realized that he wanted her to know it. Obviously he’d decided that both she and he were wasting their time with the committee, and he was playing an amusing game designed to either divert her or discomfit her entirely, she wasn’t certain which. Elizabeth drew a deep breath, ready to blast a warning look at him, and his gaze lifted slowly from her gently heaving bosom, traveled lazily up her throat, paused at her lips, and then lifted to her narrowed eyes. Her quelling glance earned her nothing but a slight, challenging lift of his brows and a decidedly sensual smile, before his gaze reversed and began a lazy trip downward again. Lady Wiltshire’s voice rose, and she said for the second time, “Lady Thornton, what do you think?” Elizabeth snapped her gaze from her provoking husband to Lady Wiltshire. “I-I agree,” she said without the slightest idea of what she was agreeing with. For the next five minutes, she resisted the tug of Ian’s caressing gaze, firmly refusing to even glance his way, but when the committee reembarked on the chocolate issue again, she stole a look at him. The moment she did, he captured her gaze, holding it, while he, with an outward appearance of a man in thoughtful contemplation of some weighty problem, absently rubbed his forefinger against his mouth, his elbow propped on the arm of his chair. Elizabeth’s body responded to the caress he was offering her as if his lips were actually on hers, and she drew a long, steadying breath as he deliberately let his eyes slide to her breasts again. He knew exactly what his gaze was doing to her, and Elizabeth was thoroughly irate at her inability to ignore its effect. The committee departed on schedule a half-hour later amid reminders that the next meeting would be held at Lady Wiltshire’s house. Before the door closed behind them, Elizabeth rounded on her grinning, impenitent husband in the drawing room. “You wretch!” she exclaimed. “How could you?” she demanded, but in the midst of her indignant protest, Ian shoved his hands into her hair, turned her face up, and smothered her words with a ravenous kiss. “I haven’t forgiven you,” she warned him in bed an hour later, her cheek against his chest. Laughter, rich and deep, rumbled beneath her ear. “No?” “Absolutely not. I’ll repay you if it’s the last thing I do.” “I think you already have,” he said huskily, deliberately misunderstanding her meaning.
Judith McNaught (Almost Heaven (Sequels, #3))
The (nation) state's concern had been the development of citizens - social subjects whose identity was shaped by the goals of the state - and the preparation of a labour force serving the needs of a national economy and administration. That state was interested in cohesion, integration and homogeneity - however imperfectly realized. The globally framed interests of current versions of the market are neither about citizenship - shared social values, aspirations, dispositions - nor about the preparation of a labour force.....
Gunther Kress (Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication: Exploring Contemporary Methods of Communication)
Uki Goni’s excellent book The Real Odessa for much of my information about Nazis in Argentina.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
Diz-se que a loucura é simplesmente a capacidade de ver o futuro. E se soubéssemos agora o que saberemos então, provavelmente seria suficiente para nos pôr a todos aos gritos. Na vida, o segredo é manter as duas coisas separadas o maior tempo possível.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
Asking Do Chiropractors Pray? in a book by that title, B. J. Palmer answered definitively that “no Chiropractor would pray on his knees in a supplication to some invisible power.” He conceptualized “Innate Intelligence WITHIN man as the all-wise, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Director-General who asserts that THE ONLY possible cause and cure are WITHIN man.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
The living always get over the dead. That’s what the dead never realize. If ever the dead did come back, they’d only have been sore that somehow you managed to get over their dying at all.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
Gotquestions.org describes acupuncture as “rooted in superstition, occultism, and false religions that are in direct opposition to God’s Word” yet vindicates Christian participation by asking rhetorically, “If inserting acupuncture needles into a person’s body at strategic points results in physical healing or relief from pain, does it matter if the practitioner is wrong about why it works?
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
In today’s cultural climate, it is hard to imagine the NCCAM funding research on the efficacy of Christian healing-prayer practices, although numerous published studies report health benefits from Christian prayer and churchgoing. Yet CAM advocates use studies claiming efficacy to justify government support of metaphysical healing despite an absence of evidence that practices such as meditation and yoga are more effective than Christian practices or nonreligious physical exercise and relaxation in reducing stress or conveying other health benefits. If the same logic were followed for CAM as for Christian prayer—in other words, if the law equally protected and restrained both sets of practices—neither would be funded by the public purse.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
Evangelicals who disdain religious combinations as idolatrous worship of other gods domesticate healing practices rooted in and productive of metaphysical religion by linguistically reclassifying these practices from the category of illegitimate “New Age” spirituality to that of scientifically legitimate, effective therapeutics.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
The propensity of Americans, evangelicals among them, to replace decisions of conscience with unthinking, pragmatic choices—especially when health is at stake—may have an unforeseen consequence for those who have freed themselves from external tyranny: subjection to internal tyranny of ignorance.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
Um bom polícia continua a ser um bom polícia, mesmo que seja um sacana nazi.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
A essência do engano não é a mentira que se diz, mas as verdades que se contam para a apoiar.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
Era típico de uma prostituta arranjar um nome pomposo. Havia alturas em que pensava que a única razão por que as raparigas entravam neste ramo de actividade era para arranjarem um nome novo e bonito.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
Obedeci. Gosto de obedecer quando está em causa uma mulher interessante.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
The “typical North American chiropractor,” regardless of whether a broad scope/mixer (34 percent), a focused scope/straight (19 percent), or a middle scope (47 percent), believes that “adjustment should not be limited to musculoskeletal conditions” (90 percent), “subluxation” is a “significant contributing factor in sixty-two percent of visceral ailments,” and only 40 percent of prescribed medicines are beneficial; 50 percent question the value of immunization.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
O homem era advogado e, por vezes, quando nos armamos em espertos com advogados, eles chamam-lhe desrespeito e metem-nos na cadeia.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
According to chiropractic historian Joseph Donahue, 80 percent of chiropractors “evade professional accountability” by firing at patients a “barrage of quasi-scientific information” about particular techniques, while remaining intentionally vague about the meanings of Innate Intelligence, because they realize that this “religious doctrine … if understood by the patient, would be reprehensible to many of them.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
Homeopaths make medicines out of such unlikely substances as dog’s ear wax, dental plaque, vomit, tears from a weeping young girl, polyurethane, Braille paper, mercury, Stonehenge, arsenic, New York City, live scorpions, blood from an AIDS patient, and cancerous tumors. Some homeopathic remedies are not material but “imponderables” such as moonlight (luna), computer-terminal rays, wind (ventus), the north pole of a magnet (magnetis polus arcticus), and a vacuum (i.e., empty space).
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
Although interpreted as nonreligious, chiropractic is premised on a vitalistic, harmonial philosophy and fulfills many of the same functions as religion. More than a medical service, chiropractic helps explain life’s struggles, cope with present stressors, and anticipate the future with hope.
Candy Gunther Brown (The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America)
My mother was a very Viennese type of Austrian, Bernie. We're always committing suicide, you know. Its a way of life for us.
Philip Kerr (A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther, #3))
TABLE 5-4 Comparison of fax and alternatives The point of understanding the NCO is that it can clarify what attributes you assume will attract customers and what kinds of trade-offs these same customers will make.
Rita Gunther McGrath (Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity)
I caught a glimpse of her onstage as I made my way up to one of the dressing rooms – one of those thin, pale-faced, red-haired Berlin girls who reminded me of a safety match.
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
The man uttering these words had a face like the Golem of Prague and a barrel-shaped body that belonged on a beer cart. He wore a short leather coat and a cap with a peak that grew straight out of his forehead. He had ears like an Indian elephant, a mustache like a toilet brush, and more chins than the Shanghai telephone directory
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
Çinli sanatçı Xiao Yu heykellerinde gerçek ceset parçaları kullanır. Nitekim 2005 yılında Bern'de bir martının gövdesi ile bir ceninin başındna oluşan bir kombinasyon sergiledi. Sanatçının taze malzeme bulmak için bir kadını kürtaja zorladığı ya da bunun için ona para verdiği söylentileri ayyuka öıkınca, Bern Müzesi'ne protesto ve tehdit mektupları yağdı ve müze müdürü objeyi mecburen sergiden kaldırdı. Fakat serginin küratörü eseri "gen manipülasyonu konusuna yepyeni bir biçimsel katkı" olarak savundu. Dehşet gösterisinden ucuz lunapark eğlencesine geçiş çok hızlı olabilir. Buna en iyi örnek ceset terbiyecisi Gunther von Hagens'tir. Bir zamanlar Heidelberg'de işinde gücünde bir anatomi uzmanı olan von Hagens, "plastinasyon" adını verdiği özel bir ceset koruma yöntemi geliştirdi. Plastinasyon, kadavranın dokularındaki bütün sıvılarının kurutulması, ardından sertleşen silikonla kaplanması. Von Hagens bu yöntemle ölüleri en ince ayrıntısına kadar "plastinat"a dönüştürüyor, üstüne üstlük bir de en absürd şekillerde deforme edip sergiliyor. Bir cesedi örneğin Salvador Dali'nin tanınmış motifi "Çekmece Adam"a dönüştürdü. Von Hagen bu aktiviteleri için devamlı mantıklı açıklamalar bulmak için yırtınsa da, ceset bulmak için Doğu Avrupa'da ve Çin'de yasadışı yollara başvurduğu kuşkusunu asla tam olarak ortandan kaldıramadı. Şapkasıyla ve dur durak bilmeden zırvalamasıyla Joseph Beuys'un acıklı bir karikatürünü andıran von Hagens, tipi sayesinde kabus etkisini mükemmel hale getiriyor. Fakat sanat dünyası "Plastinatör"ü reddederken, işleri arasında gerçek bir insna dilinden yapılmış bir heykel de bulunan Teresa Margolles'e avangard sanatçı olarak kucak açıyor. Sanat sektörünün keyfiliği burada artık had safhaya ulaşmış durumda.
Christian Saehrendt y Steen T. Kittl
She glanced at it and her eyes widened a few f-stops.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
myrmidons,
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
as great a blight on our world as a missionary landing on Tahiti with a boxful of brassieres.
Philip Kerr (The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2))
there wasn’t much to say about Klaus Hering except that he was about thirty years old, slimly built, fair-haired and, thanks in part to his necktie, getting on for tall.
Philip Kerr (The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2))
Frau Lange, her chins and her dog were waiting for me on the same chaise longue, except that it had been recovered with a shade of material that was easy on the eye only if you had a piece of grit in there on which to concentrate.
Philip Kerr (The Pale Criminal (Bernie Gunther, #2))
The dictionary explained that the expression mother-soul-abandoned alone was derived from people-soul-abandoned alone and served to emotionally reinforce the adjective. A being that has been abandoned by a mother’s soul, you deduced, is one that has been abandoned by all others or even by the very soul itself and is, therefore, not only lonely but also downright damned to remaining forever expelled, with neither help nor home, speechless and therefore soulless, full of mute rage and yet filled to the brim with words that it would scream.
Gunther Geltinger (Moor)
What’s the matter,’ she asks, shakes you and the numbness from your limbs, pulls the towel away and bows. Once upon a time the child would clap at the end of the pantomime, now you stare into the trees, wish you could go back under the umbrella with her again, into the warm towel-cover where the world would shrink back into a trusty, old feeling. There you would tell her everything you’ve learnt about the lifecycle of dragonflies from books and observations in the moor over the last few years. With the rhythm of the drumming and dripping rain and in long sentences that would pearl out of your mouth like the beads of water from the umbrella, you would initiate her into the secret of the insect which lives a long and boring childhood on the bottom of the pond until the strange and the most dangerous moment of its life when in the early morning hours it has climbed up a reed, shed its old skin and stands defenceless before its enemies. The act of metamorphosis can go wrong if the young dragonfly’s still-awkward wings get caught in its skin or hung up on a thorn. Its first attempt at flight, the maiden flight, is clumsy, the insect a new-found snack for birds, for in this phase the adolescent dragonfly, called an imago, is completely concentrated on trying out its new body which is still somewhat familiar to it. But the higher it rises into the air, the more confident and elegant its circles become and soon enough it is able to get around the birds’ beaks and fly off into the moor from where, you say in the final line of your presentation, it comes and where it belongs.
Gunther Geltinger (Moor)
If there’s one thing more ridiculous than the idea of a policeman who’s thinking, it’s a policeman saying he expects something important to come of it.
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
But what about all those poor met/mets out there? Don’t they deserve effective therapies too? Hall and Gunther point out that met/mets respond well to both placebos and regular drugs. It’s just that their brain chemistry has the bonus of supercharging their response. All things considered, they are actually the most fortunate members of the population. They can take the drug and they will respond at a higher level than the recalcitrant val/vals. Or, if they decide that conventional medicine isn’t their thing, they can try acupuncture, homeopathy, or faith healing and perhaps do just as well—whereas on a val/val, those treatments are more likely to fall flat.
Erik Vance (Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal)
I wouldn’t say we lived in a tough neighborhood, but when I was growing up we still called a story with a happy ending an alibi.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
Ale trzeba się przebrać, by zdemaskować społeczeństwo, trzeba oszukać i zmylić, by dotrzeć do prawdy.
Gunther Wallraff (Ganz unten: Mit einer Dokumentation der Folgen)
If financial gain remains our main motive then we can be certain that rich fathers will leave behind poor sons!
Gunther Hauk (Toward Saving the Honeybee)
Loud songs do not a patriot make.
Philip Kerr (Berlin Noir: March Violets / The Pale Criminal / A German Requiem (Bernie Gunther #1-3))
You give people chances. What they do with those chances is their own affair. It’s
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
abyss stares
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
Hmm. That’s what I suspected, you mad bastard.
Philip Kerr (Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7))
Socrates learned to his cost, the true nature of democracy is to encourage corruption and excess in all its forms. But the
Philip Kerr (The Lady from Zagreb (Bernard Gunther, #10))
that arrogant bastard Gunther shit-canned the
Vincent L. Scarsella (Personal Injuries (Lawyers Gone Bad #2))
wondering if I should
Philip Kerr (Field Gray (Bernard Gunther, #7))
Iron Gustav”, a Soviet combat fighter, which Ivan also uses at the front lines. It
Gunther K. Koschorrek (Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front)
Todos nosotros deberíamos confesar y sentir su mismo dolor, deberíamos combatir con todas las fuerzas de nuestra conciencia y de nuestra razón el triunfo de lo inhumano y de lo antihumano.
Günther Anders
I was never one for looking at beautiful scenery, and certainly not since 1933; it distracts from the more important and admittedly metropolitan business of keeping an eye out for the Gestapo, which, with my politics, is an ever-present dilemma.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
to per cent I’ll see if I can find him for you.’ I
Philip Kerr (German Requiem (Bernie Gunther #3))
The colonel stood up. “I hope you enjoy your trip to Uruguay. Its government is stable, democratic, and politically mature. There’s even a welfare state. Of course, the people are entirely European in origin. I believe they exterminated all the Indians. As a German, you should feel very much at home there.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
Me and Schopenhauer. Sometimes being German seems to come with some serious disadvantages.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
Do I seriously have to go on this date? I mean seriously what if he's like the last one?" Jana complained to her best friend of Fifteen Years, as Destiny replied, "Girl, I have already settled down and had a child, you need to give this guy a chance heck who knows Gunther could be the one ever thought of that?" Jana rolled her eyes then looked herself in the mirror she has brunette short hair,grey eyes,five feet ten inches, one hundred eighty pounds and loves to be outgoing with her friends.
Annora Rose (Annabel's Fate (Fate Of Her Path #1))
It seems to me that lawyers can justify almost anything to themselves as long as it's legal. But you can make anything legal when you put a gun to parliament's head.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
I’ve come to believe that in life it’s best to live for a purpose greater than oneself.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
Can you imagine how much of existence would be impossible if people didn’t believe in a certain amount of luck in the face of all evidence to the contrary? The true essence of human life is delusion. That’s what we’ve got in here. And it’s been that way ever since the first Roman soldier blew on a handful of dice. It’s simple human nature to believe your luck is going to turn.
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
Sometimes there is nothing quite
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
What my sister needed was not people urging her, as so many did, to get pregnant again as soon as possible, but acknowledgment of her loss and the violence that she experienced in that loss. She needed to know that this was not a failure or that she was a bad mother. She needed to be allowed to be not only sad but also, in her grief, to be angry. But as Gunther explained, 'Society does not like to hear from us castaway mothers.
Soraya Chemaly (Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger)
All Germans carry an image of Adolph Hitler inside them....Even ones like me, who hated Hitler and everything he stood for. This face with its tousled hair and postage-stamp mustache haunts us all now and forevermore and, like a quiet flame that can never be extinguished, burns itself into our souls. The Nazis used to talk of a thousand -year empire. But sometimes I think that because of what we did, the name of Germany and the Germans will live in infamy for a thousand years. That it will take the rest of the world a thousand years to forget. Certainly if I live to be a thousand years old, I'll never forget some of the things I saw. And some of the things I did.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
And wit only sounds like wit when there’s someone around to appreciate it.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
That’s going to take a box of tools you neither own nor know how to use.
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
says he sailed his own boat out to the position given by
Philip Kerr (Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther, #13))
bolinhos de bacalhau, the delicious codfish fritters cooked on every street corner. The riot of colour that existed everywhere, from the jungle flowers, to the women’s stunning dresses, to the frescoes and stained glass windows of the tiny, baroque Chapel of St Rita, where they now stood. All of it made Gunther Hartog feel young again. Young and alive. ‘What if Pierpont got wise?’ The worry lines deepened on Jeff Stevens’s face. ‘What if…?
Tilly Bagshawe (Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow)
I'm not a nice goblin boy,' Keith said, then added, 'I'm not even nice.' Gunther gazed out the windshield, smiled in that slow way he had, and replied, 'I know, but you sure can cook.
Nicole Kimberling (Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector)
acts. Looking at Noreen, you wondered why anyone ever bothered to draw or paint anything else but a woman’s naked body.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
Ten shockingly arty events What arty types like to call a ‘creative tension’ exists in art and music, about working right at the limits of public taste. Plus, there’s money to be made there. Here’s ten examples reflecting both motivations. Painting: Manet’s Breakfast on the Lawn, featuring a group of sophisticated French aristocrats picnicking outside, shocked the art world back in 1862 because one of the young lady guests is stark naked! Painting: Balthus’s Guitar Lesson (1934), depicting a teacher fondling the private parts of a nude pupil, caused predictable uproar. The artist claimed this was part of his strategy to ‘make people more aware’. Music: Jump to 1969 when Jimi Hendrix performed his own interpretation of the American National Anthem at the hippy festival Woodstock, shocking the mainstream US. Film: In 1974 censors deemed Night Porter, a film about a love affair between an ex-Nazi SS commander and his beautiful young prisoner (featuring flashbacks to concentration camp romps and lots of sexy scenes in bed with Nazi apparel), out of bounds. Installation: In December 1993 the 50-metre-high obelisk in the Place Concorde in the centre of Paris was covered in a giant fluorescent red condom by a group called ActUp. Publishing: In 1989 Salman Rushdie’s novel Satanic Verses outraged Islamic authorities for its irreverent treatment of Islam. In 2005 cartoons making political points about Islam featuring the prophet Mohammed likewise resulted in riots in many Muslim cities around the world, with several people killed. Installation: In 1992 the soon-to-be extremely rich English artist Damien Hirst exhibited a 7-metre-long shark in a giant box of formaldehyde in a London art gallery – the first of a series of dead things in preservative. Sculpture: In 1999 Sotheby’s in London sold a urinoir or toilet-bowl-thing by Marcel Duchamp as art for more than a million pounds ($1,762,000) to a Greek collector. He must have lost his marbles! Painting: Also in 1999 The Holy Virgin Mary, a painting by Chris Ofili representing the Christian icon as a rather crude figure constructed out of elephant dung, caused a storm. Curiously, it was banned in Australia because (like Damien Hirst’s shark) the artist was being funded by people (the Saatchis) who stood to benefit financially from controversy. Sculpture: In 2008 Gunther von Hagens, also known as Dr Death, exhibited in several European cities a collection of skinned corpses mounted in grotesque postures that he insists should count as art.
Martin Cohen (Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition)
Gunther, like most white people, thought the idea of an innocent man on death row was absurd.
John Grisham (The Whistler (The Whistler, #1))
Rankin lit a cigarette with a handsome gold lighter, stared into the flame for a moment as if it might provide a clue to the origins of the explosion, and then said, ‘What do you think,
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
the things you thought weren’t true often turn out not to be false.
Philip Kerr (A Quiet Flame (Bernie Gunther, #5))
You read much, Bernie?’ ‘More and more,’ I admitted. ‘And for me it’s like the French Foreign Legion. I do it to forget. Myself, I think.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
You’ve got me confused with some kind of saint, Noreen. The kind who’s OK with being martyred as long as his halo’s straight in the photograph. If I’m going to throw myself to the lions, I want it to mean a lot more than just being remembered in some milkmaid’s prayers on a Sunday morning. I never was a man for a useless gesture.
Philip Kerr (If The Dead Rise Not (Bernard Gunther, #6))
Philomena’s foyer and instinctively looked around for Gunther yet again. Why was she always looking for him, expecting him to be close by? she thought, irritated. She supposed it was because she had spent her first weeks here, on and off, with him alone, and it felt odd not to see him about as she had before, running into him occasionally and sharing what they were doing or reading. Though it didn’t make a bit of sense, it had almost felt as if this was their house, that they were the sole occupants and that all of these people coming and going now were merely visitors. And she was of course desperately worried, despite Sr. Bernard’s reassurances, about his injury and how his mother had fared in his absence. Not to mention the cryptic contents of his notebook, which she longed to ask him about.
Michelle Cox (A Veil Removed (Henrietta and Inspector Howard, #4))
Den looked at her. “Gunther’s got an office in French Lick and is about to open another in Evansville.
Kristen Painter (Nocturne Falls Short Story Collection #1)
Scrum Master, as the promoter of Scrum and self-organization, should consider how to help a team work out their problems themselves and offer any tools, trainings and insights on how best to do this.
Gunther Verheyen (Scrum: A Pocket Guide: A Smart Travel Companion)
You’re hard enough to ice skate on,
Philip Kerr (Metropolis (Bernie Gunther #14))
hill.
Archer Mayor (Open Season (Joe Gunther, #1))
Les anonymes (R.J. Ellory) - Votre surlignement sur la page 431 | emplacement 6599-6607 | Ajouté le dimanche 11 janvier 2015 00:12:06 Opération Granit. Opération Beffroi. Des balises secrètement installées dans des endroits perdus entre la Colombie et le Panamá pour aider les pilotes de la CIA qui convoient la drogue à voler de l’Amérique au Panamá presque au niveau de la mer sans être détectés par les avions de la répression antidrogue américaine. Destination : l’aéroport militaire d’Albrook, au Panamá. Opération Rachat, impliquant la société-écran de la CIA, la Pacific Seafood Company. La drogue est entreposée dans des bateaux transportant des crevettes et expédiée en divers points des États-Unis. C’est une opération conjointe de la CIA et de la DEA. Opérations Petite Piste, Route de Birmanie, Or matinal, Retour de bâton, Ciel indigo et Triangle. Informations fournies par les agents de la CIA et du renseignement de la Marine suivants : Trenton Parker, Gunther Russbacher, Michael Maholy et Robert Hunt. Lecture recommandée : le travail fondateur de Rodney Stich intitulé Décontaminer l’Amérique. Profit estimé des opérations de la CIA autour de la contrebande de marijuana et de cocaïne : entre 10 et 15 milliards de dollars. ==========
Anonymous
A secretor is somebody whose blood type appears in his or her body fluids as well as in the blood itself—handy if all you’ve got is a sweaty shirt or, as in this case, semen. A nonsecretor’s blood type can only be ascertained through the blood.
Archer Mayor (Open Season (Joe Gunther, #1))
that you should be careful about putting yourself in risky situations, but was
Melissa Gunther (Searching for Clues (Celia's Journey, Book 5))
I leaned over, took her hands and brought them together, closing her coat. “You know damn well what I think.
Archer Mayor (Borderlines (Joe Gunther #2))
If you ask me, the whole Reformation can be blamed on strong beer,” he opined. “Wine is a perfect Catholic drink. It makes people sleepy and complicit. Beer just makes them argumentative. And look at the countries that drink a lot of beer. They’re mainly Protestant. And the countries where they drink a lot of wine? Roman Catholic.” “What about the Russians?” I asked. “They drink vodka.” “That’s a drink to help you find oblivion,” said Father Bandolini. “Nothing to do with God at all.
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
I tell you that PFC Ivanov has made a number of allegations regarding the treatment of Red
Philip Kerr (The One from the Other (Bernard Gunther, #4))
When you’re working for people who are mostly thieves and murderers, a little of it comes off on your hands now and then.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
No wonder Van Gogh cut his ear off, I thought; there’s nothing else to do in a place like this but cut your ear off.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
Therein lies the true essence of Marxism. ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’ only ever works with a gun in your hand. How
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
Well, who knew? When they were elected. That they were crooks, I mean.” “Pretty much everyone who didn’t vote for them, Friedrich. And I suspect quite a few of the stupid fools who did. Which only makes it worse.
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))
Well, now I come to think of it, there was another Johann Diesbach, Johann Jacob Diesbach, a Berlin paint maker who invented the color Prussian blue, back in 1706. The whole Prussian army wore coats of Prussian blue until the Great War, when it moved over to field gray. At one time every Berlin schoolboy used to know the name of Johann Jacob Diesbach. So how about that, sir? How about Prussian blue?
Philip Kerr (Prussian Blue (Bernie Gunther, #12))