Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Quotations

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People can smell fear, like coffee.

Jackie Collins


“Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?"


Henry James

"We are all born American.We die French."

Evelyn Waugh



“Writing makes a critical mass of one's true self.” 

Ira Lightman


"How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true."


Logan Pearsall Smith


"If you leave the dust alone, then after 4 years it doesn't get any thicker, but you have to hold your nerve." 


Quentin Crisp


"The 'eternal child' in man is an indescribable experience, an incongruity, a handicap, and a divine prerogative; an imponderable that determines the ultimate worth of worthlessness of a personality." 


Carl Jung


“Where moral judgment is linked to a broad political conviction of today, such as feminism, collectivism, anti-imperialism or anti-racism, the difficulty is that such views are so extremely modern. Adopting standards based on them, means a blanket moral condemnation of almost everything before 1900 (at very earliest), except perhaps in cases where one can discern the faint beginnings of the present day. The gulf between a liberal, democratic, secular, collectivist, feminist present, and a non-liberal, non-democratic, non-secular, non-collectivist, non-feminist past grows more impassable by the year. The idea of a common historical morality is a will-o’-the-wisp, because our time has deviated so far from the human norm. And to say, chin high, that the human norm was wrong, and that we are the first moral generation, though it would have the merit of honestly expressing the student mind, otherwise serves no particular purpose.”

John Vincent, “An Intelligent Person’s Guide to History”

1 comment:

  1. hahahahahaha so true, and fear actually creates horrible smelling sweat :-)

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