Quotations About / On: BREATHE

  • 21.
    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.)
  • 22.
    It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are ... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, April 10, 1853, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 219, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 23.
    We aspire to be something more than stupid and timid chattels, pretending to read history and our Bibles, but desecrating every house and every day we breathe in.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 416, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 24.
    Argument is to me the air I breathe. Given any proposition, I cannot help believing the other side and defending it.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "The Radcliffe Manuscripts," Form and Intelligibility, Exposition Press, ed. Rosalind S. Miller (1949). Undergraduate composition at Radcliffe College, 1895.)
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  • 25.
    Racism finds no home in the heart of an enlightened soul. Many proclaim their faith, but few live their faith with every breathe breathed, to the core of their being, to depths of not a judgemental; but a compassionate soul.
    (Terence George Craddock May 2015 24.5.2015.)
  • 26.
    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.)
  • 27.
    There is little distraction from one's own mortality. I breathe, hoping that with each new breath I become less and less concerned with whether or not the next shall come.
    (Niealie Petit)
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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