Quotations About / On:
Fie on the eloquence that leaves us craving itself, not things!
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "A Consideration Upon Cicero," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 40, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #125, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
When I go out, I hope to leave the worst of myself at home.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Hannah (Paulette Goddard), The Great Dictator, said to the Barber (Charles Chaplin) while musing about the state-sponsored anti-Semitism that runs rampant in the Tomanian streets (1940).)
Are there memories left that are safe from the clutches of phony anniversarists?
(W.J. (William J.) Wetherby, British journalist. Quoted in Guardian (London, August 18, 1989).)
The saying goes that the gods leave a town once it is captured.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 217.)
Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.
(George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. "A Kind of Survivor," Language and Silence (1967).)
Always leave room for the reader to supply meanings.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Rage is exciting, but leaves me confused and exhausted.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
War is too important a matter to be left to the military.
(Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French statesman. Quoted in Soixante Années d'Histoire Française, "Clemenceau," G. Suarez (1886).
Also attributed to Aristide Briand and Talleyrand.)