Quotations About / On:
When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.
(Philip Roth (b. 1933), U.S. author. New York Times Book Review (September 2, 1979).)
A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lectures on Don Quixote, introduction (1983).)
Justice?You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
(William Gaddis (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. A Frolic of His Own, p. 13, Scribner (1994).)
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world!
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. The Barber (Charles Chaplin), The Great Dictator, from the Barber's speech after he is mistaken for Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel (1940).
This famous closing speech was later used against Chaplin by those (in Hollywood and Washington, D.C.) who felt he was a Communist agitator.)
So successful has been the camera's role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. author. On Photography, ch. 4 (1977).)
The subject does not belong to the world; rather, it is a limit of the world.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher (worked mainly at Cambridge University). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5.632, Routledge & Kegan Paul (2nd ed., 1961).)
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
(Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The Phoenix, a Linguistic Phenomenon," ch. 1, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).)
The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 237 (1955).)
The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).)
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
(F.H. (Francis Herbert) Bradley (1846-1924), Welsh philosopher. Appearance and Reality, preface (1893).
See Voltaire and Cabell on pessimism.)