Quotations About / On: BROKEN

  • 51.
    Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
    (Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735). The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs charges—an article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.)
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  • 52.
    I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
    (Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.153.1.)
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  • 53.
    When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.
    (Peter De Vries (b. 1910), U.S. author. Augie, in The Tunnel of Love, ch. 8 (1954).)
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  • 54.
    ... no one knows anything about a strike until he has seen it break down into its component parts of human beings.
    (Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 23 (1935).)
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  • 55.
    The near touch of death may be a release into life; if only it will break the egoistic will, and release that other flow.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by Centaur Press (Philadelphia) in 1925. "The Crown," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, Centaur Press (Philadelphia, 1925).)
  • 56.
    We seldom break a leg as long as we are climbing wearily upwards in our lives, instead we do it when we start going easy on ourselves and choosing the comfortable paths.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 492, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 266, "When the Danger is Greatest," (1879).)
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  • 57.
    If you live in Europe ... things change ... but continuity never seems to break. You don't have to throw the past away.
    (Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Madame Bagnelli, in Burger's Daughter, pt. 2 (1979).)
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  • 58.
    It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-99), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook J," aph. 146, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 59.
    A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Ann, in Man and Superman, act 4.)
  • 60.
    History is fond of her grandchildren, for it offers them the marrow of the bones, which the previous generation had hurt its hands in breaking.
    (Nikolai Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky (1828-1889), Russian writer, philosopher. Quoted by Isaiah Berlin in his introduction to Franco Venturi, Roots of Revolution (1952, trans. 1960).)
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