Quotations About / On:
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).)
When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.)
Pedagogical romances leave the mentor disgruntled, the pupil confused.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
(Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Kansas City Star (April 27, 1918).)
Morality is a burglar's tool whose merit lies in never being left behind at the scene of the crime.
(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).)