Quotations About / On: BROKEN

  • 51.
    You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Culture and Value, journal entry for 1929, eds. G.H. von Wright and Heikki Nyman (1980).)
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  • 52.
    The buried truth germinates and breaks through to the light.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Dr. Colenso Ridgeon, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
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  • 53.
    Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see, the ear can hear.
    (Ihab Hassan (b. 1925), U.S. critic. The Right Promethean Fire, preface (1980).)
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  • 54.
    A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
    (Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 18 (1514).)
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  • 55.
    What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
    (Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Mac, in The Threepenny Opera, act 3, sc. 9 (1928).)
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  • 56.
    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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  • 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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