I would study, I would know, I would admire forever.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 15, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)
Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it's the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband's mood.
(Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Mme. Delbène, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 1 (1797).)
Rich fellas come up and they die, and their kids ain't no good, and they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.
(Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath (1940).)
I know. That's what makes us tough. Rich fellows come up and they die. Their kids ain't no good and they die out. But we keepa comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, cause we're the people.
(Nunnally Johnson (1897-1977), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ma Joad (Jane Darwell), The Grapes of Wrath, pronouncement at the end of the film, as the Joad family drives on in search of opportunity (1940).
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck.)
[It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed forever.
(James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To J.D. Cox, August 6, 1870. Garfield, ch. 14, Allen Peskin (1978).)
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
(Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Address, June 1990, to the international Writer's Day conference, London. "Censorship and its Aftermath," published in Index on Censorship (Aug. 1990).)