Quotations About / On:
It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.
(Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Appeal to Youth: Intoxication-Disintoxication (1934).)
Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death triumphant over all.
(John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "That Which Is Held," Village Voice (New York, Apr. 13, 1982).)
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Oration, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The American Scholar," Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).)
Times of heroism are generally times of terror, but the day never shines in which this element may not work.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.
(Edith Wharton (1862-1937), U.S. author. Judith, in The Children, ch. 25 (1928).)
A conversation in English in Finnish and in French can not be held at the same time nor with indifference ever or after a time.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. (Written 1932). "Marguerite or a Simple Novel of High Life," Mrs. Reynolds and Five Earlier Novelettes, Yale University Press (1952).)
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).)
In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945).
Written in 1943.)