Quotations About / On: FLY

  • 31.
    ​​'The bird that teaches love, flies away.'
    (Adam M. Snow)
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  • 32.
    Outside literature, high-flown sentiments are merely exasperating.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 33.
    A closed mouth catches no flies.
    (Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Trans. by P. Motteux. Italian proverb quoted by Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, bk. 3, ch. 11, pt. 1 (1605). This is one of the "catalogue of musty proverbs.")
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  • 34.
    I turn and turn in my cell like a fly that doesn't know where to die.
    (Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), Italian political theorist. Letter, July 20, 1931. Gramsci: Letters from Prison, no. 199, trans. by Raymond Rosenthal (1993). Gramsci had been in prison since 1926, when Mussolini had outlawed the Communist Party, and spent the rest of his life there.)
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  • 35.
    Damn it! What a way to fly into a war—unarmed and out of gas!
    (Larry Forrester, U.S. screenwriter, Hideo Oguni, and Ryuzo Kikushima. Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku. Major Truman Landon (Norman Alden), Tora! Tora! Tora! As pilot returning from training mission to find Pearl Harbor under attack (1970).)
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  • 36.
    English literature is a flying fish.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Notes on the English Character," pt. I (1920), in Abinger Harvest (1936).)
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  • 37.
    Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came near it.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "More Maxims of Mark," p. 945, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
  • 38.
    Time is flying, never to return.
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 3, l. 284 (29 B.C.). The Latin, fugit irreparabile tempus, is usually quoted tempus fugit.)
  • 39.
    When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains.
    (Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Remise Door. Calais." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)
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  • 40.
    The higher we rise up, the smaller we appear to those who are unable to fly.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 331, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Dawn, "Fifth Book," aphorism 574, "Don't Forget!" (1881).)
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