Quotations About / On:
On mourra seul. We shall die alone.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 211, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).)
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).)
Living alone makes it harder to find someone to blame.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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).)
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).)
[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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)