Quotations About / On:
The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is: a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 210 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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).)
To you, more than to any others, the privilege is given, to assure that happiness [of saving the Union], and swell that grandeur, and to link your own names therewith forever.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Appeal to border state representatives to favor compensated emancipation, July 12, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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).)
Our strife pertains to ourselvesto the passing generations of men; and it can, without convulsion, be hushed forever with the passing of one generation.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 529, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life,... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, publ. 1840).)
They were making their way with the resigned expression of those who are condemned to hope forever.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Little Poems in Prose (Paris Spleen), "To Each His Chimera," (1862).)
So much has already been said about Shakespeare that there doesn't seem to be anything more to say; yet it is the quality of the spirit that it forever stimulates the spirit.
(Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Shakespeare and No End (1813).)