Quotations About / On: PEOPLE

  • 21.
    I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
    (V.S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul (b. 1932), Trinidad-born British writer. Radio Times (London, March 24, 1979).)
  • 22.
    In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.
    (Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
  • 23.
    Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1906). Dr. Colenso Ridgeon, in The Doctor's Dilemma, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
  • 24.
    Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
    (Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).)
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  • 25.
    Don't talk to the people until you've listened to the people.
    (Ann Klein (1923-1986), U.S. politician. Originally quoted in the Morristown (New Jersey) Daily Record (May 1, 1974). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Noel Robinson (1990). Klein, a New Jersey Democrat, held various political posts and advocated such causes as abortion rights, improved Medicaid, the rights of institutionalized people, and opposition to child abuse.)
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  • 26.
    My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 89, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
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  • 27.
    What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Error of Impartiality," All Things Considered (1908).)
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  • 28.
    It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Darlington, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 1 (1893).)
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  • 29.
    This people must cease to hold slaves, and to make war on Mexico, though it cost them their existence as a people.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Civil Disobedience," originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 30.
    Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
    (Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, vol. 1, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1837). Quoting "a paradoxical philosopher" in reply to an aphorism of Montesquieu's, "Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.")
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