(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 409, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 77, "Excess," (1879).)
For if my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart.
(Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Voiceover narration (by Rhys Williams) of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) as an adult, How Green Was My Valley, reminiscing about his parents (1941).
Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.)
You'd leave your own mother here, if the rules called for it.
(Michael Wilson (1914-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Carl Foreman (1914-1984), and David Lean. Shears (William Holden) to Warden (Jack Hawkins), The Bridge on the River Kwai, when Warden asks to be left behind on a mission following his injury (1957).
Wilson and Foreman were originally uncredited because they were blacklisted; novelist Pierre Boulle, who spoke no English, received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. A restored version of the film credits all three writers.)
We are idiot, younger-sons of gods, begotten in dotages divine; and our mothers all miscarry.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 180, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.)