Quotations About / On:
The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Apemantus, in Timon of Athens, act 4, sc. 3, l. 347-8.
His cynical view of the state of Athens.)
A match does not an iceberg ignite nor does a waterdrop survive in a forest fire. We are influenced by the company we keep.
The tallest pine in the coniferous forest was once a cone on the ground being stepped upon.
Imagination has the right to feast in the shade of the tree that it turns into a forest.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
We must not always talk in the market-place of what happens to us in the forest.
(Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), U.S. author. Hester Prynne, in The Scarlet Letter, ch. 22 (1850).)
The anthropologists are busy, indeed, and ready to transport us back into the savage forest where all human things ... have their beginnings; but the seed never explains the flower.
(Edith Hamilton (1867-1963), U.S. classical scholar, translator. The Greek Way, ch. 1 (1930).)
If I were a Brazilian without land or money or the means to feed my children, I would be burning the rain forest too.
(Sting [Gordon Matthew Sumner] (b. 1951), British rock musician. International Herald Tribune (Paris, April 14, 1989).)
Your soul ... is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Fragments From Italian Comedy," no. 7, sct. 4, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).)
The locomotive, working rapidly with its elbows, hurried through a pine forest, thenwith reliefamong fields.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. "Cloud, Castle, Lake," Nabokov's Dozen (1958).)
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Godfrey St. Peter, in The Professor's House, book I, ch. VIII (1925).
The professor is surprised to discover that his wife, too, has suffered from the emotional distance that has arisen between them.)