Quotations About / On: FLY

  • 41.
    A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.
    (Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), British churchman, devotional writer. "The Marriage Ring," sermon 17, Twenty-Five Sermons (1651).)
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  • 42.
    Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly!
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. The Barber (Charles Chaplin), The Great Dictator, from the Barber's speech after he is mistaken for Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel, appealing to his beloved Hannah (Paulette Goddard) who has fled the country (1940).)
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  • 43.
    Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more formal one said, "Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?"
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 38, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1786.)
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  • 44.
    Now I am light, now I fly, now I see myself beneath myself, now a god dances through me.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 50, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "On Reading and Writing," (1883).)
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  • 45.
    I don't know why I ever come in here. The flies get the best of everything.
    (Otis Criblecoblis, U.S. screenwriter. W.C. Fields (W.C. Fields), Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, criticism of a diner after a surly waitress gives him a hard time (1934).)
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  • 46.
    A grimy fly can soil the entire wall and a small, dirty little act can ruin the entire proceedings.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, March 26, 1883, to A.N. Kanaev. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 1, p. 61, "Nauka" (1976).)
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  • 47.
    A man must know how to fly in the face of opinion; a woman to submit to it.
    (Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), Swiss-French writer, wit. Delphine, epigraph (1802).)
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  • 48.
    Good places for aphorisms: in fortune cookies, on bumper stickers, and on banners flying over the Palace of Free Advice.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 49.
    I feel like my sixteenth birthday and the time I graduated from high school, and the first time I flew solo all wrapped up in one.
    (Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), A Guy Named Joe, when she's wearing the new dress Pete gave her (1943). Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.)
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  • 50.
    The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise!
    (Aesop (6th century B.C.), Greek fabulist. "The Fly on the Wheel," Fables, trans. by Francis Bacon in his essay "Of Vain-Glory.")
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