Quotations About / On: ALONE

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 202.)
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    It is very easy to love alone.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1927), originally published in Operas and Plays (1932). Four Saints in Three Acts, Last Operas and Plays, Rinehart (1949).)
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  • 68.
    It is better to be alone than in bad company.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, January 1842, at the Masonic Temple in Boston, repr. In The Dial (1843) and Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849). "The Transcendentalist," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
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  • 69.
    Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, title essay, pt. 2 (1881).)
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  • 70.
    The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.
    (Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), British historian, Whig politician. The Works of Lord Macaulay, vol. 11 (1898). Essay on Athenian Orators, Knight's Quarterly Magazine (Aug. 1824).)
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