Quotations About / On: RUNNING
The very timber and boards and shingles of which our houses are made grew but yesterday in a wilderness where the Indian still hunts and the moose runs wild.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Ktaadn" (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 90, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The element running through entire nature, which we popularly call Fate, is known to us as limitation. Whatever limits us, we call Fate.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.
(James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 13, "Nausicaa," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986).
Leopold Bloom on the basic Joycean plot.)
The evolution of a highly destined society must be moral; it must run in the grooves of the celestial wheels.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Civilization," Society and Solitude (1870).)
I ... ran for Legislature [in 1832] ... and was beatenthe only time I have been beaten by the people.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
He even ran away with hunself and became a farsoonerite, saying he would far sooner muddle through the hash of lentils in Europe than meddle with Irrland's split little pea.
(James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Finnegans Wake, Part I, section vi, Penguin (1976).
Shem the Penman's exile in Europe.)
Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy, but in the state, and in the schools, it is indispensable to resist the consolidation of all men into a few men.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
It appears to me that men are hired to run down men of genius under the mask of translators, but Dante gives too much of Caesar: he is not a republican.
(William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. "Annotations to Boyd's Dante," (written c. 1800), published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (c. 1957).)
I am not immortal. Faustus and I are the also-ran.
(Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. "Faustus and I....")
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Compensation," Essays, First Series (1841).)