Quotations About / On: HOUSE

  • 31.
    The ego is not master in its own house.
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. (Originally published 1917). A Difficulty in the Path of Psycho-Analysis, vol. 17, Complete Works, Standard Edition, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1955). This was Freud's conclusion in the light of the discoveries made by psychoanalysis that sexual instincts could not be wholly tamed, and that mental processes were unconscious and could "only reach the ego and come under its control through incomplete and untrustworthy perceptions.")
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  • 32.
    The House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians.
    (Tony Benn (b. 1925), British Labour politician. Comment during his campaign to disclaim his hereditary peerage. Quoted in New York Times (February 11, 1962).)
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  • 33.
    There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Age and Death," Afterthoughts (1931).)
  • 34.
    The scaffolding must be removed once the house is built.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 698, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 335, "Moral for House-Builders," (1880).)
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  • 35.
    A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.
    (Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Dec. 13, 1952, Washington D.C.. Quoted in Portrait: Adlai E. Stevenson, ch. 1, Alden Whitman (1965). After his defeat in the Presidential election, in which Eisenhower won a landslide victory.)
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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).)
  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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