Quotations About / On:
One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 3, Conard (1915).)
Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
A black sun has appeared in the sky of my motherland.
(Wuer Kaixi, Chinese student leader. Quoted in Independent (London, June 29, 1989).
Said about the events in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.)
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 26 (1678).)
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).)
These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Gloucester, in King Lear, act 1, sc. 2, l. 103-4.
"Late" means recent.)
The sun is but a morning star.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Conclusion," Walden (1854).
The Sun is satisfied with days.
(Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "Two Leading Lights.")
The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.
(Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. "Soleil et Chair," sct. 1, Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962).)
Talk to me not of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 36, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).
Spoken by Captain Ahab.)