Quotations About / On:
He is the bully on the Left Bank, always ready to twist the milksop's arm.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Quoted in The Observer (London, May 24, 1964).)
Most benefactors are like unskillful generals who take the city and leave the citadel intact.
(Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 576 (1796, trans. 1926).)
Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. (First published 1962-1963). "Petty Notes on Some Sex in America," Cannibals and Christians (1966).)
... here I am on board the Pacific, bound for America, having left home and all the world behind.
(Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress. Journal of a Residence in America, entry for August 1, 1832 (1835).)
Good manners protect the privileged, but leave the unprivileged more vulnerable.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.
(G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. English Social History, introduction (1942).)
If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn't it?
(Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, and Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S. Alexander Hall. Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, declining to tell Joe everything about the new life he's assumed (1941).
From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.)
I meddled in things that man must leave alone.
(R.C. Sherriff (1896-1975), British screenwriter. James Whale. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), The Invisible Man, as he lies dying (1933).
Full name Robert Cedric Sherriff.)
There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't.
(Annie Lennox (b. 1954), British singer. Guardian (London, Nov. 30, 1990).)
Comedy distances pain, but leaves signs of it everywhere.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)