Quotations About / On: WIND

  • 61.
    Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
    (William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Pincher Martin, ch. 6 (1956).)
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  • 62.
    Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. "The Rotation Method," vol. 1, Either/Or (1843).)
  • 63.
    One sought not absolute truth. One sought only a spool on which to wind the thread of history without breaking it.
    (Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. The Education of Henry B. Adams, p. 1151, Library of America (1983).)
  • 64.
    They have seemed to be together, though absent; shook hands as over a vast; and embraced as it were from the ends of opposed winds.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Camillo, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 1, l. 29-31. Describing the long friendship of Leontes of Sicily and Polixenes of Bohemia.)
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  • 65.
    Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak ... you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
    (Elizabeth I (1533-1603), British monarch, Queen of England (1558-1603). As quoted in The Sayings of Queen Elizabeth, ch. 11, by Frederick Chamberlin (1923). To the French Ambassador.)
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  • 66.
    Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). Letter, 1759, to Joseph Simpson.)
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  • 67.
    I seem, in most of these verses, to have but placed a harp in a window, and noted the contrasted airs which wayward winds have played upon the strings.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Prefatory words. "Battle-Pieces" (1866), p. 446, Collected Poems of Herman Melville, ed. Howard P. Vincent (1947). Describing the composition of his Civil War poetry.)
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  • 68.
    How many things are now at loose ends! Who knows which way the wind will blow tomorrow?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 283, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 69.
    A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.
    (Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989). Said of the rise and fall of the Black Panthers.)
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  • 70.
    When the wind carries a cry which is meaningful to human ears, it is simpler to believe the wind shares with us some part of the emotion of Being than that the mysteries of a hurricane's rising murmur reduce to no more than the random collision of insensate molecules.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Narrator, "Advertisement for Myself on the Way Out," Advertisements for Myself, p. 520, Putnam's (1959).)
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