Quotations About / On:
Pornographers subvert this last, vital privacy; they do our imagining for us. They take away the words that were of the night and shout them over the roof-tops, making them hollow.
(George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. "Nightworks," Language and Silence (1967).)
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Myth of Sisyphus," The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, trans. 1955).
Last words of this work.)
[A] Dada exhibition. Another one! What's the matter with everyone wanting to make a museum piece out of Dada? Dada was a bomb ... can you imagine anyone, around half a century after a bomb explodes, wanting to collect the pieces, sticking it together and displaying it?
(Max Ernst (1891-1976), German painter, poet. Quoted in C.W.E. Bigsby, Dada and Surrealism, ch. 1 (1972).)
Comedy has to be done en clair. You can't blunt the edge of wit or the point of satire with obscurity. Try to imagine a famous witty saying that is not immediately clear.
(James Thurber (1894-1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. Letter, March 11, 1954, to critic and poet Malcolm Cowley. Collecting Himself (1989).)
We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.
(Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), U.S. critic. Notebook entry, 1948. Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition, ed. William Philips (1985).)
And forever goodbye! Forever! Oh, Sir, can you imagine how dreadful this cruel word sounds when one loves?
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, in Berenice, act 4, sc. 5 (1670).
Berenice is being forced to leave Titus forever.)
Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).)
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be describedand will be, after our deathsby each of the family members who believe they know us.
(Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. "Ruth's Song," Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1984).)
Imagine believing in the control of inflation by curbing the money supply! That is like deciding to stop your dog fouling the sidewalk by plugging up its rear end. It is highly unlikely to succeed, but if it does it kills the hound.
(Michael D. Stephens. "On Sinai, There's No Economics," New York Times (Nov. 13, 1981).)
Well, kid, there are more things in this life than you can possibly imagine. I knew a whore once in Wilmington. She had a glass eye. She used to take it out and work people off for a dollar.
(Robert Towne (b. 1936), U.S. screenwriter, and Hal Ashby. Budduskey (Jack Nicholson), The Last Detail, to a young sailor (1973).)