Quotations About / On: RIVER

  • 31.
    Necessity makes women very weak or very strong, and pent-up rivers are sometimes dangerous. Look to it!
    (Mary Worthington, U.S. women's magazine contributor. The Lily, p. 183 ( November 1856). The first feminist journal in the United States, the magazine was edited by Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894) in Seneca Falls, N.Y., for the majority of its 1849-1858 run.)
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  • 32.
    If Nature here wishes to make a mountain, she runs a range for five hundred miles; if a plain, she levels eighty; if a rock, she tilts five thousand feet of strata on end; our skies are higher and more intensely blue; our waves larger than others; our rivers fiercer. There is nothing measured, small nor petty in South Africa.
    (Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Thoughts on South Africa, ch. 1 (1892).)
  • 33.
    The English language is like a broad river on whose bank a few patient anglers are sitting, while, higher up, the stream is being polluted by a string of refuse-barges tipping out their muck.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3, Harper (1944).)
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  • 34.
    You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Hippocrates, On The Universe, aph. 41.)
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  • 35.
    Now I thought I would observe how he spent his Sunday. While I and my companion were looking about at the trees and river, he went to sleep. Indeed, he improved every opportunity to get a nap, whatever the day.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 223, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 36.
    The Xanthus or Scamander is not a mere dry channel and bed of a mountain torrent, but fed by the ever-flowing springs of fame ... and I trust that I may be allowed to associate our muddy but much abused Concord River with the most famous in history.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 10, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 37.
    Naught was familiar but the heavens, from under whose roof the voyageur never passes; but with their countenance, and the acquaintance we had with river and wood, we trusted to fare well under any circumstances.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 20, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 38.
    I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Les Feuilles d'automne, preface (1831).)
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  • 39.
    I cannot tell how many times we had to walk on account of falls or rapids. We were expecting all the while that the river would take a final leap and get to smooth water, but there was no improvement this forenoon.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 305, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 40.
    It is an odd jealousy: but the poet finds himself not near enough to his object. The pine-tree, the river, the bank of flowers before him, does not seem to be nature. Nature is still elsewhere.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nature," Essays: Second Series (1844).)
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