Quotations About / On:
It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.
(Ama Ata Aidoo (b. 1942), Ghanaian author. "The Message," Fragment from a Lost Diary and Other Stories, eds. Naomi Katz and Nancy Milton (1973).)
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.
(Václav Havel (b. 1936), Czech playwright, president. Disturbing the Peace, ch. 5 (1986, trans. 1990).)
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
(Shana Alexander (b. 1925), U.S. writer, editor. (First published 1966). "Neglected Kidsthe Bright Ones," The Feminine Eye (1970).)
Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. The Irrational Knot, ch. 14 (1905).)
Timidity keeps me safe and sad in a narrow room.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
We're buying this, but why do you sing the same sad songs all women sing?
(Katharine S. White (1892-1977), U.S. editor and book reviewer. As quoted in Onward and Upward, Prologue, by Linda H. Davis (1986).
White, Fiction Editor of the New York Times, sent this note to Phyllis McGinley in the 1940s, along with a check, when buying a skillful, but conventional, story she had submitted. According to McGinley's daughter, she later said "repeatedly" that this had "changed the direction of her whole career.")
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
(Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. A Sort of Life, ch. 7, sct. 1 (1971).)
I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
(Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 4 (1947). "Visite," Discours du Grand Sommeil (1920).)
I see her close beside me with silent lips sad and tremulous.
(Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. Once I Pass'd through a Populous City (l. 7). . .
The Complete Poems [Walt Whitman]. Francis Murphy, ed. (1975; repr. 1986) Penguin Books.)
I so desperately want to be surprised by life. It's a sad existence to know what shall come.