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Quotations About / On: BREATHE

  • 11.
    Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Higher Laws," Walden (1854).)
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  • 12.
    The blue we bathe in is the blue we breathe. The blue we breathe, I fear, is what we want from life and only find in fiction. For the voyeur, fiction is what's called going all the way.
    (William Gass (b. 1924), U.S. fictionist, essayist, philosopher. On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry, ch. 4, p. 85.)
  • 13.
    To love, for us men, is to clasp one woman with our arms, feeling that she lives and breathes just as we do, suffers as we do, thinks with us, loves with us, and, above all, sins with us.
    (Emmuska, Baroness Orczy (1865-1947), Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright. Sir Percy Blakeney, in I Will Repay, ch. 7 (1906).)
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  • 14.
    Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
    (Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. Extract from Rubashov's diary, in "The Second Hearing," ch. 1, Darkness at Noon (1940).)
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  • 15.
    What, really, is wanted from a neighborhood? Convenience, certainly, an absence of major aggravation, to be sure. But perhaps most of all, ideally, what is wanted is a comfortable background, a breathing space of intermission between the intensities of private life and the calculations of public life.
    (Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Boutique America," Oxford University Press (1979).)
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  • 16.
    Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
    (Harper Lee (b. 1926), U.S. author. Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1960).)
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  • 17.
    Old age cannot be cured. An epoch or a civilization cannot be prevented from breathing its last. A natural process that happens to all flesh and all human manifestations cannot be arrested. You can only wring your hands and utter a beautiful swan song.
    (Renee Winegarten (b. 1922), British author, critic. "The Idea of Decadence," Commentary (New York, Sept. 1974).)
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  • 18.
    No one—man or woman—can have it all without support from the workplace and genuine help at home. Women, regardless of how they have chosen to lead their lives, can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that superwoman is dead.
    (Deborah J. Swiss (20th century), U.S. education consultant, and Judith P. Walker (20th century), U.S. education consultant. Women and the Work Family Dilemma, introduction (1993).)
  • 19.
    Men are like plants; the goodness and flavor of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow. We are nothing but what we derive from the air we breathe, the climate we inhabit, the government we obey, the system of religion we profess, and the nature of our employment.
    (Michel Guillaume Jean De Crevecoeur (1735-1813), French-born U.S. author, agriculturist. Letters from an American Farmer, letter 3, "What Is an American?" (1782).)
  • 20.
    The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.
    (Midge Decter (b. 1927), U.S. author, editor, social critic. The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Women's Liberation, ch. 1 (1972).)
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