Man ... always remains attached to the past: however far and fast he runs, the chain runs with him.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 248, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin: de Gruyter (1980); On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, p. 8, trans. by Peter Preuss, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company (1980). On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, section 1 (1874).
Published as the second essay in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations (1873-1876).)
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. The Red Queen, in Through the Looking-Glass, "The Garden of Live Flowers," (1872).
The passage is usually quoted with reference to rapidly changing political situations.)
True Shandeism, think what you will against it, opens the heart and lungs, and like all those affections which partake of its nature, it forces the blood and other vital fluids of the body to run freely thro' its channels, and makes the wheel of life run long and chearfully round.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), vol. 4, ch. 32, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
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.)