Young children scare easilya tough tone, a sharp reprimand, an exasperated glance, a peeved scowl will do it. Little signs of rejectionyou don't have to hit young children to hurt themcut very deeply.
(James L. Hymes, Jr. (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, author. Teaching the Child Under Six, ch. 2 (1968).)
You see that? They hanged me once, Frankenstein. They broke my neck. They said I was dead. Then they cut me down.... So, Ygor is dead.
(Willis Cooper. Rowland V. Lee. Ygor (Bela Lugosi), Son of Frankenstein, explaining to Frankenstein why he has no fear of the villagers (1938).
Suggested by the story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.)
A woman does not have to make decisions based on the need to survive. She can cut through issues, call shots as she sees them.... Many bad decisions are made by men in government because it is good for them personally to make bad public decisions.
(Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 5, by Jerry Roberts (1994).
The former San Francisco Mayor and current United States Senator, Feinstein had been raised in an affluent family and married to men capable of supporting her. This statementmade soon after her first (and successful) political campaign, in 1969, for San Francisco Board of Supervisorsseemed to suggest that she assumed all women, or at least all who would aspire to public office, similarly had no need to earn their own livings.)
Ha! to forget. How childish! I feel you in my bones. Your silence screams in my ears. You may nail your mouth shut, you may cut out your tongue, can you keep yourself from existing? Will you stop your thoughts.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès reiterating to Garcin that they cannot ignore one another, in No Exit, act 1., Sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).)
I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat.
(Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 33, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society (1947).)
I wouldn't pray just for a old man that's dead because he's all right. If I was to pray, I'd pray for the folks that's alive and don't know which way to turn. Grampa here, he ain't got no more trouble like that. He's got his job all cut out for him. So cover him up and let him get to it.
(Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter. Casy (John Carradine), The Grapes of Wrath, as Grampa is being buried (1940).)