You, Aubrey, are my most complete man. You're a brave, compassionate, kind and content, man. That's your secretcontentment. I'm 24 and I've never known it. I'm forever in pursuit and I don't even know what it is I'm chasing.
(Colin Welland (b. 1934), British screenwriter. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), Chariots of Fire (1981).)
Men, forever tempted to lift the veil of the futurewith the aid of computers or horoscopes or the intestines of sacrificial animalshave a worse record to show in these "sciences" than in almost any scientific endeavor.
(Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), U.S. philosopher and political theorist; born in Germany. The Life of the Mind, vol. 2: Willing, ch. 14 (1978).)
Through dinner she felt a gradual icy coldness stealing through her like novocaine. She had made up her mind. It seemed as if she had set the photograph of herself in her own place, forever frozen into a single gesture.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Manhattan Transfer, Houghton Mifflin Company (1925 and 1953).
Description of Ellen Thatcher at the moment when she decides to marry George Baldwin, a man whom she does not love, rather than Jimmy Herf.)
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author, and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. First published in Esquire (New York, June 1934). "Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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).)