Quotations About / On: SHINE

  • 21.
    Now, you mummy's darlings, get a rift on them boots. Definitely shine 'em, my little curly-headed lambs, for in our mob, war or no war, you die with clean boots on.
    (Gerald Kersh (1911-1968), British author, journalist. They Die With Their Boots Clean, prologue (1941).)
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  • 22.
    Second-rate knowledge, and middling talents, carry a man farther at courts, and in the busy part of the world, than superior knowledge and shining parts.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, June 20, 1751, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. III, p. 213, London (1774).)
  • 23.
    To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armour, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 2, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Who Are the War Criminals?" (1943).)
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  • 24.
    Critics are reprimanded when they get sarcastic. How absurd! Is the torch of criticism supposed to shine without burning?
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).)
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  • 25.
    Physical love, so unjustly decried, forces everyone to manifest even the smallest bits of kindness he possesses, of selflessness, that they shine in the eyes of all who surround him.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 147, Pléiade (1954).)
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  • 26.
    If you have wit, use it to please, and not to hurt; you may shine, like the sun in the temperature zones, without scorching. Here it is wished for; under the Line it is dreaded.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Sept. 5, 1748, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. II, p. 58, London (1774). "Under the Line" means below the equator.)
  • 27.
    Your eyes, your eyes, they shine like the pants of a blue serge suit. That's not a reflection on you—it's on the pants.
    (Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, trying to make love to the wealthy Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont) (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.)
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  • 28.
    In the end we will listen to the voice of the machines. We will have to. There is no choice. We will not go back to tallow dips while the great shining wheels are there to bring us light.
    (Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 25 (1935).)
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  • 29.
    It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I'd ever seen, that California sunshine.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Wise Children, ch. 3, Chatto & Windus (1991).)
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  • 30.
    There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
    (Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 33, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society (1947).)
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