Quotations About / On:
War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976). Die Fackel (Vienna, Oct. 9, 1917), no. 462/71.)
Man's true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 426 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
If the head is lost, all that perishes is the individual; if the balls are lost, all of human nature perishes.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge to Pantagruel, in Third Book, ch. 8, p. 375, Pleiade edition (1995).)
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
(Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Great Place," Essays (1597-1625).)
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in 1943.)
Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I ha' lost my reputation, I ha' lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial!
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cassio, in Othello, act 2, sc. 3.)
You have to lose yourself to find yourself. You have to lose your mind to find your mind. You have to lose your love to find your love.
A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
(Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, preface (1758).)
Religions get lost as people do.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 26, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
Southerners can never resist a losing cause.
(Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), U.S. novelist. Rhett Butler, in Gone with the Wind, vol. 2, pt. 4, ch. 34 (1936).)