Quotations About / On: YESTERDAY

  • 21.
    Yesterday morning had gone to bed very early, and had done it once: thirteen in all. Was really affectionate to her.
    (James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica, and France, journal, February 12, 1766, p. 279, McGraw-Hill Book Publishing Company, Inc. (1955). Sole evidence that Boswell had an affair with Thérèse Levasseur, Rousseau's mistress, on his return journey from France.)
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  • 22.
    You did charmingly yesterday. You attended well to everything.
    (James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Boswell in Holland, October 28, 1763, p. 55, McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1952). Boswell's self-examination, repeated periodically in his diary.)
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  • 23.
    The Sound of battle fell upon my ear & heart all day yesterday—even after dark the cannon's insatiate roar continued ...
    (Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated October 15, 1863 (1991). Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War.)
  • 24.
    Superstition? Who can define the boundary line between the superstition of yesterday and the scientific fact of tomorrow?
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Lambert Hillyer. Prof. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula's Daughter, reacting to his friend Garth's disbelief in his story of vampires (1936). the character's name is Von Helsing here, although it was Van Helsing in Dracula; story suggested by Oliver Jeffries. Based on a story by Bram Stoker.)
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  • 25.
    Do old people always live in the past? What yesterday was firm and true, may not be so today.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Libussa, act 2 (1872).)
  • 26.
    Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Mersault, in The Outsider, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1944).)
  • 27.
    Europe and the U.K. are yesterday's world. Tomorrow is in the United States.
    (R.W. "Tiny" Rowland (b. 1917), British businessman. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 16, 1983).)
  • 28.
    The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
    (Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), U.S. architect. "Night is but a Shadow Cast by the Sun," pt. 5, The Living City (1958). Closing words.)
  • 29.
    How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "It Is Folly to Refer Truth or Falsehood to Our Sufficiency," Essays, bk. 1, ch. 26, trans. by John Florio (1580-1588).)
  • 30.
    The very timber and boards and shingles of which our houses are made grew but yesterday in a wilderness where the Indian still hunts and the moose runs wild.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Ktaadn" (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 90, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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