Quotations About / On: HOLIDAY

  • 1.
    You will think me very pedantic, gentlemen, but holiday though it may be, I have not the smallest interest in any holiday, except as it celebrates real and not pretended joys.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Speech at Manchester," English Traits (1856).)
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  • 2.
    Holidays, like rain, change the pace of things—but in a good way.
    (Walterrean Salley February 2007)
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  • 3.
    A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1914). Misalliance, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
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  • 4.
    A while to work, and after, holiday.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Bolingbroke, in Richard II, act 3, sc. 1, l. 44. Seeing he needs only to defeat the Welsh to gain the kingdom.)
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  • 5.
    Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.
    (William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. repr. in The Works of William James, vol. 17, pt. 1 (1987). Vacations (1873).)
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  • 6.
    In my age, monsieur, one is never well. Especially on the holidays.
    (Michael Cacoyannis (b. 1922), Greek screenwriter. Mme. Hortense (Lila Kedrova), Zorba the Greek, to Basil (Alan Bates) (1964). Cacoyannis was educated in England and wrote the screenplay in English. Based On The Novel By Nikas Kazantzakis.)
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  • 7.
    I love every-day senses, every-day wit and entertainment; a man who is only good on holidays, is good for very little.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Nov. 28, 1752, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. IV, p. 4, London (1774). Here Chesterfield uses "senses" to mean "enthusiasms" or "impulses.")
  • 8.
    It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Story of an Unknown Man, Works, vol. 8, p. 198, "Nauka" (1976).)
  • 9.
    Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo'er puddings and flap-jacks, and thou shalt be welcome.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 1st Fisherman, in Pericles, act 2, sc. 1, l. 81-3. The fisherman takes pity on the shipwrecked Pericles; "flap- jacks" = pancakes.)
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  • 10.
    He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth; he writes verses, he speaks holiday, he smells April and May.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Host, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 3, sc. 2, l. 67-9. Recommending Fenton as a suitor for Anne Page.)
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