Quotations About / On: ISOLATION

  • 1.
    National isolation breeds national neurosis.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, delivered at Buffalo, New York.)
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  • 2.
    Intelligence in isolation turns to aimless marauding.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 3.
    But, my dear, you cannot live in isolation from the human race, you know.
    (John Clifford, U.S. screenwriter, and Herk Harvey. Minister (Stan Levitt), Carnival of Souls, speaking to his new church organist, who refuses to attend a reception in her honor (1962).)
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  • 4.
    In Africa I had indeed found a sufficiently frightful kind of loneliness but the isolation of this American ant heap was even more shattering.
    (Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 179 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).)
  • 5.
    Prussia: freedom of movement with a muzzle. Austria: an isolation cell in which screaming is allowed.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 6.
    Self-absorption intensifies isolation, but permits it to go unnoticed.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 7.
    But your isolation must not be mechanical, but spiritual, that is, must be elevation.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 8.
    The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.
    (Eleonora Duse (1859-1924), Italian actor. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 11, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).)
  • 9.
    The chief misery of the decline of the faculties, and a main cause of the irritability that often goes with it, is evidently the isolation, the lack of customary appreciation and influence, which only the rarest tact and thoughtfulness on the part of others can alleviate.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 6 (1902).)
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  • 10.
    Do not rely too much on isolation.... Oceans are not as wide as they used to be.
    (Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, speaking of American isolationism (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.)
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