Quotations About / On: WORLD

  • 51.
    Not only does the world scarcely know who the Latin American man is, the world has barely cared.
    (Georgie Anne Geyer (b. 1935), U.S. author, columnist. The New Latins, introduction (1970).)
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  • 52.
    We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life, it is because we tire of our responsibility.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 16 (1938).)
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  • 53.
    You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in, That world is gone.
    (Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 1 (1990).)
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  • 54.
    Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 4, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 55.
    We can speak very much to the purpose and yet in such a way that the whole world cries out in contradiction: namely, when we are not speaking to the whole world.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 239, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 295, "The Speaker," (1878).)
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  • 56.
    I have a heart to love all the world; and like Alexander I wish there were yet other worlds, so I could carry even further my amorous conquests.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Dom Juan, in Dom Juan, act 1, sc. 2 (1665).)
  • 57.
    One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. "Scientific Examination of a Popular Virtue," Prejudices, Second Series (1920).)
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  • 58.
    Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
    (Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Letter of Advice to a Young Poet (Dec. 1, 1720).)
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  • 59.
    Call the world if you please "the vale of soul-making." Then you will find out the use of the world.
    (John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, written Feb. 14-May 3, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats, no. 123, ed. Frederick Page (1954).)
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  • 60.
    We are the pioneers of the world; the advance-guard, sent on through the wilderness of untried things, to break a new path in the New World that is ours.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. White-Jacket (1850), The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 5, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)
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