Quotations About / On: TOGETHER

  • 71.
    Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last—more than passion or even sex!
    (Simone Signoret (b. 1921), French film actor. Daily Mail (London, July 4, 1978).)
  • 72.
    It was strange: two personalities coming together can create a third, with each being different, yet together making up one they are surprised at separately.
    (Alexander Theroux (b. 1940), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. An Adultery, pt. 1, ch. 14, New York, Simon & Schuster (1987).)
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  • 73.
    Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of Robert Coover, A Night at the Movies, The Guardian (1987).)
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  • 74.
    Life is very narrow. Bring any club or company of intelligent men together again after ten years, and if the presence of some penetrating and calming genius could dispose them to frankness, what a confession of insanities would come up!
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 75.
    Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 27, 1913.)
  • 76.
    My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter, February 1, 1910, to Herbert B. Brougham. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 20 p. 69, ed. Arthur S. Link.)
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  • 77.
    I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgement, will probably for ever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality; and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I ... am in favour of the race to which I belong having the superior position.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Aug. 21, 1858, Ottawa, Illinois. During his debates with Stephen A. Douglas for election to the Senate.)
  • 78.
    What brings enlightenment is experience, in the sad sense of this word—the pressure of hard facts and unintelligible troubles, making a man rub his eyes in his waking dream, and put two and two together. Enlightenment is cold water.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published in The Dial (1922). "Marginal Notes on Civilization in the United States," Santayana on America, Harcourt, Brace & World (1968).)
  • 79.
    Reading any collection of a man's quotations is like eating the ingredients that go into a stew instead of cooking them together in the pot. You eat all the carrots, then all the potatoes, then the meat. You won't go away hungry, but it's not quite satisfying. Only a biography, or autobiography, gives you the hot meal.
    (Christopher Buckley, U.S. author. A review of three books of quotations from Newt Gingrich. "Newtie's Greatest Hits," The New York Times Book Review (March 12, 1995).)
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  • 80.
    Is it not singular that, while the religious world is gradually picking to pieces its old testaments, here are some coming slowly after, on the seashore, picking up the durable relics of perhaps older books, and putting them together again?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, October 17, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 114-115, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau here refers to the selections from Asian religious texts known as the "Ethnical Scriptures" which he and others had been presenting in the Dial magazine.)
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