To love one child and to love all children, whether living or deadsomewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest mansomewhere these, too, come together.
(Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. interview, repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "The Path of Joyful Despair," Le Monde (Paris, 1977).)
... living in England does not free the American the way living in France frees him because the french [sic] and the American do not have the sense of going on together, from the beginning they know that there is no going on together no past present and future ...
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author and patron of the arts; relocated to France. "An American and France," (1936).
Born, raised, and educated in America, Stein settled in Paris, where she built her reputation as an innovative writer and patron of young artists and avant-garde art.)
July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins, ch. 17 (1894).)