Quotations About / On:
The screaming silence of no's knife in yes's wound.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1967. The narrator, in Stories and Texts for Nothing 13, p. 139, Grove Press (1968).)
You can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knifethey're inseparable.
(Jean Scott Rogers. Robert Day. Mr. Blount (Frank Pettingell), Corridors of Blood, mocking Mr. Benton, who is trying to discover an anesthetic (1958).)
Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wave-length of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.
(Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 6 (1989).)
Prussia: freedom of movement with a muzzle. Austria: an isolation cell in which screaming is allowed.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
The screen of supreme good fortune curved his absolute smile into a celestial scream.
(John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Young Son.")
My characters never die screaming in rage. They attempt to pull themselves back together and go on. And that's basically a conservative view of life.
(Jane Smiley (b. 1949), U.S. novelist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 8, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).)
There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.
(William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. The Varieties of Religious Experience, lecture 2 (1902).)
Ha! to forget. How childish! I feel you in my bones. Your silence screams in my ears. You may nail your mouth shut, you may cut out your tongue, can you keep yourself from existing? Will you stop your thoughts.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political activist. Inès reiterating to Garcin that they cannot ignore one another, in No Exit, act 1., Sc. 5, Gallimard (1947).)
Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isn't going to be any war.
(Sidney Howard (1891-1939), U.S. screenwriter. Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), Gone With The Wind, to the Tarleton twins (Fred Crane, George Reeves) (1939).)
Ethical and cultural desegregation. It is a contradiction in terms to scream race pride and equality while at the same time spurning Negro teachers and self-association.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. "Court Order Can't Make Races Mix," Orlando Sentinel (August 11, 1955).)