Quotations About / On: ALONE

  • 61.
    Alone, lonely people talk to themselves. In company, they often continue.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 62.
    Living alone makes it harder to find someone to blame.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 63.
    There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
    (Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Anglo-Irish novelist. The House in Paris, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1935).)
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  • 64.
    True thoughts are those alone which do not understand themselves.
    (Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), German philosopher, sociologist, music critic. Minima Moralia, pt. 3, sct. 122, "Monograms," (1951), trans. by G.F.N. Jephcott (1978).)
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  • 65.
    [T]he temple through which alone lies the road to that of Liberty.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Jefferson, February 24, 1826. Madison Papers, Library of Congress. Speaking of universities.)
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  • 66.
    Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Mme. Gaston in a letter to Mme. De l'Estorade, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 67.
    Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. "On Tragedy," letter 18, Letters on England (1732).)
  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    It is as commendable to think well of oneself when alone, as it is ridiculous to speak well of oneself among others.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 307 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 70.
    Next to a shot of some good, habit-forming narcotic, there is nothing like travelling alone as a "builder-upper."
    (Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. Chips Off the Old Benchley, "He Travels Fastest—," Harper & Brothers (1949).)
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