Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favourable to virtue.... Remember that the solitary mortal is certainly luxurious, probably superstitious, and possibly mad.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. In Johnsonian Miscellanies, vol. 1, ed. George Birkbeck Hill, p. 219 (1891). Quoted in Hester Piozzi, Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson (1786).)
Do you remember you shot a seagull? A man came by chance, saw it and destroyed it, just to pass the time.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian dramatist, author. Nina, in The Seagull, act 4 (1896), trans. by Elisaveta Fen (1954).
Spoken to Trepliov, who shot the bird in act 1, laying it at Nina's feet as a symbol of his ruined hopes.)
At first, it must be remembered, that [women] can never accomplish anything until they put womanhood ahead of wifehood, and make motherhood the highest office on the social scale.
("Jennie June" Croly 1829-1901, U.S. founder of the woman's club movement, journalist, author, editor. Demorest's Illustrated Monthly and Mirror of Fashions, pp. 24-5 (January 1870).
Jane Cunningham Croly wrote under the name "Jennie June.")