Quotations About / On:
The telephone, which interrupts the most serious conversations and cuts short the most weighty observations, has a romance of its own.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Common Reader, ch. 21 (1925).)
In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, preface (1951).)
I will tell you what Jeanne was like. She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off.
(Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Black Venus, Chatto & Windus (1985). "Black Venus," p. 9, "Next Editions" (1980).)
What we cut off from our other faults is very often but so much added to our pride.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 450 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
This has been illustrated copiously each day with photographs taken by the author, reproduced by means of cuts such as only French newspaper-engravers can make, presumably etched on pieces of bread.
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. The Treasurer's Report and Other Aspects of Community Singing, "French News," Grosset & Dunlap (1930).)
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 446 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
The cutting of heads is become so much a la mode, that one is apt to feel of a morning whether their own is on their shoulders.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 25, 1789, to Maria Cosway. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 15, p. 305, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
I will cut the head off my baby and swallow it if it will make Bush lose.
(Zainab Ismael, Iraqi housewife. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 31 (November 16, 1992).
On the day of the United States' 1992 Presidential election; the incumbent President George Bush lost to Democratic challenger Bill Clinton.)
This scene was supposed to be in a saloon, but the censor cut it out. It'll play just as well.
(Otis Criblecoblis, U.S. screenwriter. W.C. Fields (W.C. Fields), Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, an aside made to the camera in a nasty tweak at movie censorship (1934).
The scene takes place in an ice cream parlor and Fields blows the head off his ice cream soda like beer foam.)
Yearning is the word that best describes a common psychological state shared by many of us, cutting across boundaries of race, class, gender, and sexual practice.
(bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American feminist author and educator. Yearning, ch. 3 (1990).)