Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 39 (1871-1872).
Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote.")
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.... I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends ... and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
(John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Interview BBC-TV (June 22, 1968).)
They raise their minds by brooding over and embellishing their sufferings, from one degree of fervid exaltation and dreary greatness to another, till at length they run amuck entirely, and whoever meets them would do well to run them thro' the body.
(Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Letter, January 28, 1821. Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, vol. 1 (1970-1981).
Referring specifically to the Romantics.)
Ride like fury. If you run out of gas, get ethyl. If Ethyl runs out, get Mabel!
(Bert Kalmar, U.S. screenwriter, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, and Leo McCarey. Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx), Duck Soup, to his motorcycle chauffeur Pinky (Harpo Marx) as he rushes off to an appointment (1933).)
This world is run by people who know how to do things. They know how things work. They are equipped. Up there, there's a layer of people who run everything. But wewe're just peasants. We don't understand what's going on, and we can't do anything.
(Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dorothy, in The Good Terrorist, p. 330 (1985).)
If a woman does possess masculine virtues, we want to run away from her; and if she does not possess masculine virtues, then she runs away.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 63, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 28 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
I must down to the seas again for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.
(John Masefield (1874-1967), British poet, playwright. "Sea Fever," st. 2, Salt-Water Ballads (1902).
The line appears as "I must go down to the seas again ... " in some collections, and in John Ireland's musical setting of the poem; though apparently not in Masefield's drafts, nor in the first published version.)