Quotations About / On:
This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
(David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish philosopher, historian, embassy secretary. A Treatise of Human Nature, pp. 491-492, ed. Selby-Bigge (1740).)
Don't drink alone, Scarlett. People always find out and it ruins your reputation.
(Sidney Howard (1891-1939), U.S. screenwriter. Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), Gone With The Wind, after the funeral for Scarlett's (Vivien Leigh) second husband (Carroll Nye) (1939).)
For themselves they fought, for themselves they conquered, and for themselves alone they have they have right to hold.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. "A Summary View of the Rights of British America..." (1774). The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, p. 122, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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).)
We lunched and dined in crowded restaurants. We were always alone.
(Muriel Box (b. 1905), British screenwriter, and Sydney Box (1907-1983), British screenwriter. Franceska (Ann Todd), The Seventh Veil, speaking of her relationship with Nicholas (1945).)
The creepy thing about battle is you always feel alone.
(Samuel Fuller, U.S. screenwriter. Zab (Robert Carradine), The Big Red One (1980).)
On mourra seul. We shall die alone.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, mathematician. Pensées, iii. 211, ed. L. Brunschvieg, 5th edition (1909).)
Alone, lonely people talk to themselves. In company, they often continue.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Living alone makes it harder to find someone to blame.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
(Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Anglo-Irish novelist. The House in Paris, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1935).)