Quotations About / On:
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 1, published in Intentions (1891).)
When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
(Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. (Originally published 1918). Le Coq et l'Arlequin, Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926), repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950).)
Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Rosalind, in As You Like It, act 4, sc. 1, l. 99-101 (1623).)
What a pity if we do not live this short time according to the laws of the long time,the eternal laws!
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 10, 1849, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 173, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
There is something even in the lapse of time by which time recovers itself.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 374, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Time itself comes in drops.
(William James (1842-1910), U.S. philosopher, psychologist. Originally published 1909. A Pluralistic Universe, lecture 6, Peter Smith (1967).)
For us, the best time is always yesterday.
(Tatyana Tolstaya (b. 1951), Russian author. Independent (London, May 31, 1990).
Said of the Russians.)
Time is the only critic without ambition.
(John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Writers at Work, "On Critics," Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1977).)
Time has nothing to do with the matter.
(Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Alceste, in The Misanthrope, act 1, sc. 2 (1666).
Alceste speaks about the writing of a good poem.)
Laws are silent in times of war.
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. Pro Milone, ch. 4, sct. 11 (44-43 B.C.).)