Quotations About / On:
This crown to crown the laughing man, this rose-wreath crown: I myself have set this crown upon my head, I myself have pronounced my laughter holy.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 366, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," section 18 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.
(Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Quoted in Jaime Sabartés, Picasso: portraits et souvenirs, ch. 9 (1946).
Commenting on genius.)
States that rise quickly, just as all the other things of nature that are born and grow rapidly, cannot have roots and ramifications; the first bad weather kills them.
(Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political philosopher, statesman. The Prince, ch. 4 (1514).)
Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.
(Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885), U.S. abolitionist. Address to Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. Liberator (Aug. 13, 1836).)
He indeed cloys with sweetness; he obscures with splendour; he fatigues with gaiety. We are stifled on beds of roses.
(William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. The Spirit of the Age, "T. MooreLeigh Hunt," (1825).
Referring to the poet Thomas Moore.)
The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
(Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-U.S. political theorist, writer. Letter to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792).
Referring to Paine's political adversary Edmund Burke.)
It is not necessary that every time he rises he should give his famous imitation of a semi-house-trained polecat.
(Michael Foot (b. 1913), British Labour politician, prime minister. Speech, March 2, 1978, House of Commons. Hansard, col. 668.
Referring to Conservative politician Norman Tebbit.)
Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I'd love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers.
(Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 21 (1983).)
It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my "poems" are competing.
(E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962), U.S. poet. Is 5, foreword (1926).)
When at length they rose to go to bed, it struck each man as he followed his neighbour upstairs that the one before him walked very crookedly.
(R.S. (Robert Smith) Surtees (1803-1864), British novelist. Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, ch. 35 (1853).)