There are three times in a man's life when he has the right to yell at the moonwhen he marries; when his children come; and when he finishes a job he had to be crazy to start.
(Borden Chase [Frank Fowler] (1900-1971), U.S. screenwriter, Charles Schnee, screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Melville (Harry Carey, Sr.), Red River, after Matthew Garth (Montgomery Clift) and his men bring their herd to market (1948).)
So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor magnificent bungler! He can't even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and, vroom! there he is, up on a rock a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.
(Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (July 21, 1969).)
The Moon! Artemis! the great goddess of the splendid past of men! Are you going to tell me she is a dead lump?
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Introduction to The Dragon of the Apocalypse, by Frederick Carter," Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 300, Viking Press (1936).)
I've no time now, but believe me as surely as the moon will set and the sun will rise I shall kill you tomorrow night. I shall kill you even if you hide in the deepest cave of the earth. At ten o'clock tomorrow night, I shall kill you.
(R.C. Sherriff (1896-1975), British screenwriter. James Whale. Jack Griffin (Claude Rains), The Invisible Man, informationrming Kemp that he will pay him back for his betrayal (1933).
Full name Robert Cedric Sherriff.)
The cycle of the machine is now coming to an end. Man has learned much in the hard discipline and the shrewd, unflinching grasp of practical possibilities that the machine has provided in the last three centuries: but we can no more continue to live in the world of the machine than we could live successfully on the barren surface of the moon.
(Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Culture of Cities, ch. 7, sct. 16 (1938).)
The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change. The army knows no seasons.
(Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Laurence Stallings, and John Ford. Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949).
Commenting on the permanence of the army. Based on the story "War Party" by James Warner Bellah.)
I wish that friendship should have feet, as well as eyes and eloquence. It must plant itself on the ground, before it vaults over the moon. I wish it to be a little of a citizen, before it is quite a cherub.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Friendship," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)