Quotations About / On: ALONE

  • 51.
    Change alone is unchanging.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 23, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
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  • 52.
    Other nations use "force"; we Britons alone use "Might."
    (Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Mr. Baldwin, in Scoop, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1938).)
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  • 53.
    Alone, I am drunk on my thoughts; in company, I am sober again.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 54.
    It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Magic that Changes Mood," The Mechanical Bride (1951).)
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  • 55.
    The strong man is strongest when alone.
    (Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian. Tell, in Wilhelm Tell, act 1, sc. 3, trans. by Sir Thomas Martin.)
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  • 56.
    Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, April 3, 1850, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 177, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 57.
    The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 202.)
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  • 58.
    Eternity is not ours by right; and, alone, unrequited sufferings here, form no title thereto.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 175, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)
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  • 59.
    I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. testimony, Jan. 30, 1978, given before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, Boston. Hugging the Shore, appendix (1983).)
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  • 60.
    A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 150, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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