Quotations About / On:
Virtues lose themselves in self-interest, as rivers in the sea.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 172 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Don Quixote, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, ch. 23, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).)
The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.
(Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Notes on an Elizabethan Play," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).
On the merits of Elizabethan drama.)
The populace is like the sea, motionless in itself, but stirred by every wind, even the lightest breeze.
(Titus Livius (Livy) (59 B.C.-A.D. 17), Roman historian. Histories, XXVIII, 27.)
The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 20, 1820.)
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. Letter to Oskar Pollak, January 27, 1904. Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors, trans. by Richard and Clara Winston, New York, Schocken Books (1977).)
It is true I swim in a perpetual sea of sex but the actual excursions are fairly limited.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 1, 1932. Letters to Anaïs Nin, pt. 1 (1965).)
You and I were a couple of drunks on the sea of booze and the boat sank.
(J.P. (James Pinckney) Miller (b. 1919), screenwriter. Joe (Jack Lemmon), Days of Wine and Roses, to Kirsten (Lee Remick) (1962).)
In a month, in a year, how will we bear that so many seas separate me from you?
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Berenice, in Berenice, act 4, sc. 5 (1670).
Berenice is being forced to leave Titus forever.)
But it takes a lot of money to live freely by the sea.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Martha in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).)