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Thomas Campion :
The fairy queen Bids you increase that loving humour more. They that have not yet fed On delight amorous, She vows that they shall lead Apes in Avernus.
[Thomas Campion (1567-1620), British poet. Hark, All You Ladies (l. 30-35). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.]
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Emeric Pressburger :
Lieutenant Hirth: The Eskimos are racially as low as Negroes. The Factor: What's the matter with Negroes? Lieutenant Hirth: They're semi-apes. Only one degree above the Jews.
[Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988), Hungarian screenwriter, and Rodney Ackland (b. 1908), British. Lieutenant Hirth (Eric Portman), The Factor (Finlay Currie), The 49th Parallel, discussion between Nazi officer and elderly Canadian trader (1941). Quote is notable for its unusually specific and unflinching delineation of Nazi racial policies.]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge :
And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin Is pride that apes humility.
[Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), British poet, critic, and Robert Southey (1774-1843), British writer,poet. The Devil's Thoughts (1799-1827), repr. In Poetical Works, ed. James Dyke Campbell (1893).]
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Raymond Chandler :
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a televion set.
[Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Nov. 22, 1950, to Atlantic Monthly editor Charles W. Morton. Published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).]
Erich Fromm :
What is it that distinguishes man from animals? It is not his upright posture. That was present in the apes long before the brain began to develop. Nor is it the use of tools. It is something altogether new, a previously unknown quality: self-awareness. Animals, too, have awareness. They are aware of objects; they know this is one thing and that another. But when the human being as such was born he had a new and different consciousness, a consciousness of himself; he knew that he existed and that he was something different, something apart from nature, apart from other people, too. He experienced himself. He was aware that he thought and felt. As far as we know, there is nothing analogous to this anywhere in the animal kingdom. That is the specific quality that makes human beings human.
[Erich Fromm (1900-1980), U.S. psychologist. "Affluence and Ennui in Our Society," For the Love of Life, Free Press (1986).]
Maya Angelou :
This might be the end of the world. If Joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help. It would all be true, the accusations that we were lower types of human beings. Only a little higher than apes. True that we were stupid and ugly and lazy and dirty and, unlucky and worst of all, that God Himself hated us and ordained us to be hewers of wood and drawers of water, forever and ever, world without end.
[Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American poet, autobiographer, and performer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 19 (1970). Remembering the significance to African American Southerners of a world heavyweight championship bout fought by African American boxer Joe Louis (1914-1981), the defending champion, against Primo Carnera (1906-1967), a white Italian challenger and former heavyweight champion. Angelou's grandmother ran a store in the small, strictly segregated, brutally racist town of Stamps, Arkansas. Her family and neighbors crowded the store to listen to the fight on radio. As it turned out, Louis won this and every one of his other twenty-four title defenses until his first retirement in 1949.]
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Friedrich Nietzsche :
You have made your way from worm to man, and much in you is still worm. Once you were apes, and even now man is still more ape than any ape.
[Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 14, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, First Part, "Prologue," section 3 (1883).]
W. Winwood Reade :
There is a certain class of people who prefer to say that their fathers came down in the world through their own follies than to boast that they rose in the world through their own industry and talents. It is the same shabby-genteel sentiment, the same vanity of birth which makes men prefer to believe that they are degenerated angels rather than elevated apes.
[W. Winwood Reade (1838-1875), British traveler, author. "Materials of Human History," ch. 3, The Martyrdom of Man (1872).]
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George Bernard Shaw :
It has no share in the leadership of thought: it does not even reflect its current. It does not create beauty: it apes fashion. It does not produce personal skill: our actors and actresses, with the exception of a few persons with natural gifts and graces, mostly miscultivated or half-cultivated, are simply the middle-class section of the residuum.
[George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. first published in the Saturday Review (Oct. 10, 1896). "William Morris as Actor and Dramatist," The Drama Observed, ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
I have a deep sympathy with war, it so apes the gait and bearing of the soul.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry, June 30, 1840 (1906).]
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