Quotations About / On: ISOLATION

  • 1.
    Life's toughest battles are fought in isolation
  • 2.
    But, my dear, you cannot live in isolation from the human race, you know.
    (John Clifford, U.S. screenwriter, and Herk Harvey. Minister (Stan Levitt), Carnival of Souls, speaking to his new church organist, who refuses to attend a reception in her honor (1962).)
  • 3.
    National isolation breeds national neurosis.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, delivered at Buffalo, New York.)
  • 4.
    Intelligence in isolation turns to aimless marauding.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
  • 5.
    Self-absorption intensifies isolation, but permits it to go unnoticed.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
  • 6.
    But your isolation must not be mechanical, but spiritual, that is, must be elevation.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 7.
    Some people wish to feel their sorrows in isolation and solitude so that they get to know their own inner self.
  • 8.
    The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.
    (Eleonora Duse (1859-1924), Italian actor. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 11, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).)
  • 9.
    Do not rely too much on isolation.... Oceans are not as wide as they used to be.
    (Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, speaking of American isolationism (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.)
  • 10.
    In Africa I had indeed found a sufficiently frightful kind of loneliness but the isolation of this American ant heap was even more shattering.
    (Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line (1894-1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 179 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).)
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