Quotations About / On:
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
(G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
(Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 12, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1958). Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psycho-Analysis, sct. G (1912).
On the ideal practice of psychoanalysis.)
He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.
(Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet. Letter, October 23, 1907. Letters on Cézanne (1952, trans. 1985).
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
(John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. New Yorker (July 30, 1990).)
The dandy should aspire to be uninterruptedly sublime. He should live and sleep in front of a mirror.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 27 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).)
If all men are made in God's reflection, then why do some people continue to acknowledge only what is in their part of the mirror? If every man was created equal and in the image of God, then how can any man claim that one race is better than another?
If you want to judge a fellow by the street, check yourself out first in the mirror before going out. Just like how you curse yourself when you got a terrible pimple.
Like the beloved in a canoe paddled by her love is the willow tree trailing her lacy fingers in the lake.. wherever she breaks its blue mirror she paints the water sunset gold
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987, trans. 1990).)
That big gun in your hand makes you look grown upyou think! I'll bet you spend hours posing in front of a mirror holding it, trying to look tough!... You scum!
(Richard Brooks (1912-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Huston (1906-1987). James Temple (Lionel Barrymore), Key Largo, to the gunsel Toots (1948).)