Quotations About / On: WIND

  • 1.
    Beware of spitting against the wind!
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 99, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On the Rabble," (1883).)
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  • 2.
    The fire that burnt my soul, the winds that blows my thoughts and strip me bare, stroll again and awaken me.
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  • 3.
    It is the spirit of the wind that proclaims its understanding by the result of external order.
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  • 4.
    My own idear is that these things are as piffle before the wind.
    (Daisy Ashford (1881-1972), British writer. The Earl of Clincham, in The Young Visiters, ch. 5, "The Chrystal Palace," (published 1919). Written when the author was aged nine.)
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  • 5.
    There I sat, in the biting wind, wishing she were gone.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First edition, 1958. Krapp, in Krapp's Last Tape, p. 19, Grove Press (1960). Krapp is speaking of his dying mother.)
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  • 6.
    To avoid tripping on the chain of the past, you have to pick it up and wind it about you.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 7.
    I'm a fart in a gale of wind, a humble violet, under a cow pat.
    (Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. Doctor, in Nightwood, ch. 5 (1936).)
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  • 8.
    ...expatriated Americans, even Henry James himself, have always seemed to me somewhat anchorless, rudderless, drifting before the wind.
    (Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877-1965), U.S. educator. Many a Good Crusade, part 3 (1954). Gildersleeve, Dean of Barnard College, was active for decades in international political work and lived in England much of the time with her "intimate friend," the Englishwoman Caroline Spurgeon. Henry James (1843-1916), an important American novelist, left the United States to settle first in Paris and then, in 1876, in England, where he remained for the rest of his life.)
  • 9.
    The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.
    (Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author. Tristram Shandy, bk. 1, ch. 25 (1759-1767).)
  • 10.
    Doubt is long-winded. Certainty is brief.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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