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Quote Left Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading. Quote Right
Quote Left When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes. Quote Right
Quote Left Eagerly, musician,Sweep your string,So we may sing,Elated, optative,Our several voicesInterblending,Playfully contending,Not interferingBut co-inhering,For all withinThe cincture of the soundIs holy ground,Where all are Brothers,None faceless Others. Let mortals bewareOf words, forWith words we lie,Can say peaceWhen we mean war,Foul thought speak fairAnd promise falsely,But song is true:Let music for peaceBe the paradigm,For peace means to changeAt the right time,As the World-Clock,Goes Tick and Tock. So may the storyOf our human cityPresently moveLike music, whenBegotten notesNew notes beget,Making the flowingOf time a growing,Till what it could be,At last it is,Where even sadnessIs a form of gladness,Where Fate is Freedom,Grace and Surprise. Quote Right
Quote Left What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. Quote Right
Quote Left The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen. Quote Right
Quote Left Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were. Quote Right
Quote Left No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible. Quote Right
Quote Left To the man-in-the-street, who, I'm sorry to say, is a keen observer of life. The word Intellectual suggests straight away. A man who's untrue to his wife. Quote Right
Quote Left Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. Quote Right
Quote Left False enchantment can last a lifetime. Quote Right
Quote Left Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. Quote Right
Quote Left Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. Quote Right
Quote Left Some books are undeservedly forgotten none are undeservedly remembered. Quote Right
Quote Left The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living. Quote Right
Quote Left My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain. Quote Right
Quote Left To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why? Quote Right
Quote Left We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. Quote Right
Quote Left A poet's hope to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere. Quote Right
Quote Left Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake. Quote Right
Quote Left The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. Quote Right
Quote Left In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure. Quote Right
Quote Left to be free Is often to be lonely; Quote Right
Quote Left Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered. Quote Right
Quote Left An important Jew who died in exile. Quote Right
Quote Left The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day. What instruments we have agree The day of his death was a dark cold day. Quote Right
Quote Left But in seven weeks it was done, the frontiers decided. A continent for better or worse divided. The next day he sailed for England, where he quickly forgot The case as a good lawyer must. Return he would not, Afraid, as he told his Club, that he might get shot. Quote Right
Quote Left Cancer is a curious thing... Nobody knows what the cause is, Though some pretend they do; It's like some hidden assassin, Waiting to strike at you. Childless women get it, And men when they retire. It Quote Right
Quote Left the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,... Quote Right
Quote Left Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility -- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past. Quote Right