Quotations About / On: MIRROR

  • 41.
    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).)
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  • 42.
    That big gun in your hand makes you look grown up—you 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).)
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  • 43.
    Nothing is more horrible than my self in the mirror of hysteria. Nothing is more vulgar than my style in the hands of another. To imitate me is to punish me.
    (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).)
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  • 44.
    Like children, the elders are a burden. But unlike children, they offer no hope or promise. They are a weight and an encumbrance and a mirror of our own mortality. It takes a person of great heart to see past this fact and to see the wisdom the elders have to offer, and so serve them out of gratitude for the life they have passed on to us.
    (Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 26 (1994).)
  • 45.
    It is, after all, very interesting that sound can reflect like water, like a mirror. And notice that Vinteuil's phrase only shows me that to which I did not pay attention at the time. Of my worries, of my loves at that time, it does not recall a thing, it has made the exchange.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 534, Pléiade (1954). Vinteuil's phrase is a favorite piece of music of Swann's...)
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  • 46.
    All the satires of the stage should be viewed without discomfort. They are public mirrors, where we are never to admit that we see ourselves; one admits to a fault when one is scandalized by its censure.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Uranie, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 6 (1663). Uranie speaks of Molière's comedies.)
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  • 47.
    It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.
    (George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. In Bluebeard's Castle, ch. 1 (1971).)
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  • 48.
    You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 9 (1974).)
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  • 49.
    Self-revelation is a cruel process. The real picture, the real "you" never emerges. Looking for it is as bewildering as trying to know how you really look. Ten different mirrors show you ten different faces.
    (Shashi Deshpande (b. 1938), Indian author. That Long Silence, ch. 1 (1988).)
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  • 50.
    Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.
    (Marjorie Rosen (b. 1942), U.S. film critic. Popcorn Venus, preface (1973).)
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