Quotations About / On:
There are some persons we could not cut down to size without diminishing ourselves as well.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 193, The Substance of Man (1962).)
You can't stay married in a situation where you are afraid to go to sleep in case your wife might cut your throat.
(Mike Tyson (b. 1966), U.S. boxer. quoted in Daily Telegraph (London, Feb. 1, 1989).)
It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the worldit's the American way of looking at things.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Letter to Lafayette," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
(Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).)
Revolution is like the daughters of Pelias: it cuts humanity to pieces in order to rejuvenate it.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).)
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
(Lillian Hellman (1905-1984), U.S. playwright. Letter, May 19, 1952, to John S. Wood, Chairman of the House un-American Activities Committee. Quoted in Nation (New York, May 31, 1952).
Refusing to testify against colleagues accused of Communist affiliations.)
The sewing machine joins what the scissors have cut asunder, plus whatever else comes in its path.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Quoted in Sheilah Graham and Gerold Frank, Beloved Infidel, ch. 18 (1958).)
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
(Nora Ephron (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman, 1994.)
Arrogance rides triumphantly through the gates, barely glancing at the old woman about to cut the rope and spring shut the trap.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)