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William Shakespeare :
A young man married is a man that's marred.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Parolles, in All's Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 3, l. 298. Proverbial.]
Henry David Thoreau :
The book has never been written which is to be accepted without any allowance.
[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. 74, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
Charles Baudelaire :
Everything for me becomes allegory.
[Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Flowers of Evil, "The Swan," (1860).]
William Carlos Williams :
He doesn't know a damn thing about China ... That's what makes him an expert. He knows nothing about music, being tone deaf. That's what makes him a musician ... And he's batty in the head. That's what makes him a philosopher.
[William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), U.S. poet. First published in Ezra Pound in Melbourne: Helix 13/14 (1983). quoted in Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character, pt. 5, ch. 6 (1988).]
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Heinrich Heine :
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
[Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. quoted in Journal, Feb. 23, 1863, eds. Edmond and Charles Goncourt (1956). Said on his deathbed, in reply to a priest who had told him God would forgive his sins. The psychiatrist Sigmund Freud commented on this: "The force of the joke lies in its purpose. What it means to say is nothing else than: 'Of course he'll forgive me. That's what he's there for, and that's the only reason I've taken him on (as one engages one's doctor or one's lawyer).' So in the dying man, as he lay there powerless, a consciousness stirred that he had created God and equipped him with power so as to make use of him when the occasion arose. What was supposed to be the created being revealed itself just before its annihilation as the creator." (From Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious, "The Purposes of Jokes," 1905).]
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George Santayana :
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
[George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1920. Character and Opinion in the United States, ch. 1, Doubleday Anchor (1956).]
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William Shakespeare :
Woe to that land that's governed by a child.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 3rd Citizen, in Richard III, act 2, sc. 3, l. 11. Hearing news of the death of King Edward IV; proverbial, from the Bible (Ecclesiastes, 10:16).]
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Oscar Wilde :
He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Erlynne, in Lady Windermere's Fan, act 2.]
William Shakespeare :
Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Troilus, in Troilus and Cressida, act. 3, sc. 2, l. 97. "Allow" = commend; he is asking Cressida to let experience show how faithful he will be.]
Jean Cocteau :
The extreme limit of wisdom—that's what the public calls madness.
[Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Collected Works, vol. 9 (1950). "Le Coq et l'Arlequin," Le Rappel à L'Ordre (1926).]
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