Quotations About / On: ALONE

  • 31.
    Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Mrs. Dalloway, p. 62 (1925).)
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  • 32.
    To be adult is to be alone.
    (Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
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  • 33.
    True bravery means doing alone that which one could do if all the world were by.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 217 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 34.
    To think to be wise alone is a very great folly.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 232 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 35.
    If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.
    (O. Henry [William Sydney Porter] (1862-1910), U.S. short-story writer. "Memoirs of a Yellow Dog," The Four Million (1906).)
  • 36.
    Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Hannah (Paulette Goddard), The Great Dictator, said to the Barber (Charles Chaplin) while musing about the state-sponsored anti-Semitism that runs rampant in the Tomanian streets (1940).)
  • 37.
    A man who finishes a book is always alone when he finishes it ...
    (Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 6 (1978). Written in 1975.)
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  • 38.
    Sometimes people who are never alone are the loneliest, don't you think so?
    (A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides, U.S. screenwriter, and Nicholas Ray. Mary Malden (Ida Lupino), On Dangerous Ground, to Detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) (1952). Based on an adaptation of Gerald Butler's novel "Mad With Much Heart" by Bezzerides and Nicholas Ray (1911-1979).)
  • 39.
    Man alone resists the direction of gravitation: he constantly wants to fall—upwards.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 95, selection 3[1], number 343, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to SummerAutumn 1882.)
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  • 40.
    We learn about life not from plusses alone, but from minuses as well.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, December 23, 1888, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 99, "Nauka" (1976).)
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