Quotations About / On: SHINE

  • 41.
    The fame which is based on wealth or beauty is a frail and fleeting thing; but virtue shines for ages with undiminished lustre.
    (Gaius Sallustius Crispus (c. 86-35/34 B.C.), Roman historian. Catilina, I....)
  • 42.
    Statesmen and beauties are very rarely sensible of the gradations of their decay; and, too sanguinely hoping to shine on in their meridian, often set with contempt and ridicule.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Feb. 26, 1754, 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. IV, p. 61, London (1774).)
  • 43.
    ... 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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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).)
  • 50.
    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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