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Quotations About / On: SHINE

  • 31.
    ... it is not the color of the skin that makes the man or the woman, but the principle formed in the soul. Brilliant wit will shine, come from whence it will; and genius and talent will not hide the brightness of its lustre.
    (Maria Stewart (1803-1879), African American abolitionist and schoolteacher. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 3, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976). Stewart, a free African American, said this in her September 21, 1833 "Farewell Address to Her Friends" in Boston. She moved on to New York, where she became a schoolteacher.)
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    No one will ever shine in conversation, who thinks of saying fine things: to please, one must say many things indifferent, and many very bad.
    (Francis Lockier (1668-1740), British prelate, man of letters. quoted in Joseph Spence, Anecdotes, pt. 2, "1730-32," (1820).)
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  • 34.
    Justice shines in very smoky homes, and honors the righteous; but the gold-spangled mansions where the hands are unclean she leaves with eyes averted.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 773.)
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  • 35.
    A poet who makes use of a worse word instead of a better, because the former fits the rhyme or the measure, though it weakens the sense, is like a jeweller, who cuts a diamond into a brilliant, and diminishes the weight to make it shine more.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 20, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1786.)
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  • 36.
    The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
    (Robert Bresson (b. 1907), French film director. "1950-1958: Exercises," Notes on the Cinematographer (1975).)
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  • 37.
    A pretty air in an opera is prettier there than it could be anywhere else, I suppose, just as an honest man in politics shines more than he would elsewhere.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. A Tramp Abroad, ch. 9 (1879).)
  • 38.
    Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot, equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already, perhaps, too much humbled.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 303.)
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  • 39.
    White ... is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.... God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "A Piece of Chalk," Tremendous Trifles (1909).)
  • 40.
    To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 1 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
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