Quotations About / On:
Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
(Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. The Hand of Ethelberta, ch. 26 (1876).)
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
(George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 8, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).)
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).)
Breathe yours in your own tongue but let lips pronounce in English. you may fist this world in your hand!
(Are you a non native of English language but need English to survive?
Breathe in your language but speak always in English.)
The 'I think' which Kant said must be able to accompany all my objects, is the 'I breathe' which actually does accompany them.
(William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published in Journal of Philosophy (1904). "Does 'Consciousness' Exist?" Essays in Radical Empiricism, 1912.)
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).)
Where the Mind is biggest, the Heart, the Senses, Magnanimity, Charity, Tolerance, Kindliness, and the rest of them scarcely have room to breathe.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Orlando, ch. 4 (1928).)
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).)
I have often observed, there is not a Man breathing who does not differ from all other Men, as much in the Sentiments of his Mind, as the Features of his Face.
(Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 264 (1711).)
Remember that whatever knowledge you do not solidly lay the foundation of before you are eighteen, you will never be master of while you breathe.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 11, 1747, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. I, p. 297, London (1774).
Philip was fifteen at the time.)