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Henry David Thoreau :
Consider what stuff history is made of,—that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity. Who will tell us even how many Russians were engaged in the battle of Chernaya, the other day? Yet, no doubt, Mr. Scriblerus, the historian, will fix on a definite number for the schoolboys to commit to their excellent memories. What, then, of the number of Persians at Salamis? The historian whom I read knew as much about the position of the parties and their tactics in the last-mentioned affair as they who describe a recent battle in an article for the press nowadays before the particulars have arrived. I believe that, if I were to live the life of mankind over again myself (which I would not be hired to do), with the Universal History in my hands, I should not be able to tell what was what.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 250, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Samuel Johnson :
Nothing odd will do long. Tristram Shandy did not last.
[Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, March 21, 1776, p. 696, Oxford University Press (1980).]
Oscar Wilde :
It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man's deeper nature is soon found out.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Cecily, in The Importance of Being Earnest, act 3, Chameleon (London, Dec. 1894). Also appears in Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young.]
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Oscar Wilde :
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.]
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Henry David Thoreau :
If we dealt only with the false and dishonest, we should at last forget how to speak truth.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 284, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
Almost any mode of observation will be successful at last, for what is most wanted is method.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 388, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
David Lehman :
There is an air of last things, a brooding sense of impending annihilation, about so much deconstructive activity, in so many of its guises; it is not merely postmodernist but preapocalyptic.
[David Lehman (b. 1948), U.S. poet, editor, critic. "The End of the Word," ch. 1, Signs of the Times (1991).]
James Joyce :
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honoured by posterity because he was the last to discover America.
[James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. repr. in Critical Writings, sct. 46, eds. Ellsworth Mason and Richard Ellmann (1959). "The Mirage of the Fisherman of Aran," Piccolo della Sera, Trieste (Sept. 5, 1912).]
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Sidney Lanier :
Out of the woods my Master came, Content with death and shame. When Death and Shame would woo Him last, From under the trees they drew Him last: 'Twas on a tree they slew Him—last When out of the woods He came.
[Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), U.S. poet. A Ballad of Trees and the Master (l. 11-16). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.]
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Gertrude Stein :
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers' granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.
[Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3, Random House (1937).]
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