Quotations About / On: YESTERDAY

  • 21.
    I never felt so fervently thankful, so soothed, so tranquil, so filled with the blessed peace, as I did yesterday when I learned that Michael Angelo was dead.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. The Innocents Abroad, ch. 27 (1896). "I used to worship the mighty genius of Michael Angelo," Twain wrote of his visit to Rome, "but I do not want Michael Angelo for breakfast—for luncheon—for dinner—for tea—for supper—for between meals.... Here—here it is frightful. He designed St. Peter's; he designed the Pope ... the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted everything in it!")
  • 22.
    Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be—like the reality of yesterday—an illusion tomorrow.
    (Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 3 (1921).)
  • 23.
    Yesterday, December 7, 1941Ma date that will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. ed. Samuel I. Rosenman, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 13 vols., New York (1938-1950). FDR Speaks authorized edition of speeches, 1933-1945 (recordings of Franklin Roosevelt's public addresses), side 9, declaration of war—"Day of Infamy" (Dec. 8, 1941), ed. Henry Steele Commager, Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt, Washington Records, Inc. (1960).)
  • 24.
    Which is better: to have Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of Words, to have Tomorrow's Misdeeds out of Yesterday's Miscreeds?
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Culture and the Individual," Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963), eds. Horowitz and Palmer (1977).)
  • 25.
    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.)
    More quotations from: James Boswell, yesterday, gone
  • 26.
    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.)
    More quotations from: James Boswell, yesterday
  • 27.
    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.)
  • 28.
    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.)
    More quotations from: Garrett Fort, yesterday, tomorrow
  • 29.
    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).)
  • 30.
    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).)
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