Quotations About / On: HOUSE

  • 31.
    In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
    (Diogenes of Sinope (c. 410-c. 320 B.C.), Greek philosopher, moralist. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 2, fragment 56, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976). Known as "the Cynic.")
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  • 32.
    A house is a machine for living in.
    (Le Corbusier [Charle Édouard Jeanne] (1887-1965), Swiss-born French architect. Toward a New Architecture, ch. 1, "Eyes Which Do Not See: Airplanes," (1923, trans. 1946).)
  • 33.
    I passed by the brothel as though past the house of a beloved.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. Entry before May 17, 1910. Diaries: 1910-1913, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Joseph Kresh, New York, Schocken Books (1948).)
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  • 34.
    Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
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  • 35.
    The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
    (Italo Calvino (1923-1985), Italian author, critic. lecture, Nov. 1969, Turin. "Cybernetics and Ghosts," The Literature Machine (1987).)
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  • 36.
    Darling, the only ghoul in the house is you.
    (Robb White, and William Castle. Annabelle Loren (Carol Ohmart), House on Haunted Hill, said to her husband Frederick (Vincent Price) (1958).)
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  • 37.
    I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. second inaugural addresss, Jan. 20, 1937. Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, vol. 6 (1941).)
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  • 38.
    It's an ideal house for delirium tremens.
    (Dodie Smith, and Lewis Allen. Rick Fitzgerald (Ray Milland), The Uninvited, talking about the haunted house after the seance (1942). Based on a novel by Dorothy Macardle.)
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  • 39.
    Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric care.
    (Ken Livingstone (b. 1945), British Labour politician. Evening Standard (London, February 26, 1988).)
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  • 40.
    For if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Voiceover narration (by Rhys Williams) of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) as an adult, How Green Was My Valley, reminiscing about his parents (1941). Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.)
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