Quotations About / On: ALONE

  • 51.
    Do you know what it's like to love and be alone?
    (Abraham Polonsky (b. 1910), U.S. screenwriter, and Robert Rossen. Peg Born (Lilli Palmer), Body and Soul, to prize-fighter Charley Davis (John Garfield) on one of his infrequent visits (1947).)
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  • 52.
    I meddled in things that man must leave alone.
    (R.C. Sherriff (1896-1975), British screenwriter. James Whale. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), The Invisible Man, as he lies dying (1933). Full name Robert Cedric Sherriff.)
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 202.)
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  • 60.
    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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