Quotations About / On:
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to W.T. Barry, August 4, 1822. The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, p. 437, ed. Marvin Meyers, Indianapolis (1973).)
Death is terrifying, but it would be even more terrifying to find out that you are going to live forever and never die.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 67, "Nauka" (1980).)
All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
(Toni Morrison (b. 1931), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. As quoted in Grace Notes, Epigram, section 1, by Rita Dove (1989).)
Moons and years pass by and are gone forever, but a beautiful moment shimmers through life a ray of light.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Into the Album of Two Adorable Cousins in Villach," Poems (1819).)
One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
(Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French couturière. Quoted in Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel: Her Life, Her Secrets, ch. 21 (1971).)
How frightening it is to have reached the height of human accomplishment in art that must forever borrow from life's abundance.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Sappho, in Sappho, act 1, sc. 3 (1819).)
Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
(Daniel Daly (1874-1937), U.S. gunnery sergeant, U.S. Marines. Spoken at Belleau Wood, June 4, 1918.)
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. The Little Prince, ch. 1 (1943).)
Who that has heard a strain of music feared then lest he should speak extravagantly any more forever?
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 357, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Redburn (1849), ch. 40, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 4, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)