Quotations About / On: ISLAND

  • 1.
    The greenest island of my imagination.
    (George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. letter, Nov. 17, 1816, to poet Thomas Moore. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 5, ed. Leslie A. Marchand (1973-1981).)
  • 2.
    He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Caesar, in Caesar and Cleopatra, act 2. Speaking of Britannus, his secretary, "an islander from the western end of the world, a day's voyage from Gaul.")
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  • 3.
    ... an adamantine island chained to the shifting bank of the Channel.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 16 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
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  • 4.
    We have two useless gods who never leave our island, but like to dwell in it constantly, Poverty and Helplessness.
    (Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.111.2.)
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  • 5.
    Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 6.
    Generally, I like all islands. There, it is easier to rule.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 49, Gallimard (1956).)
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  • 7.
    This land is your land, this land is my land, From California to the New York Island. From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me.
    (Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), U.S. singer, songwriter. "This Land Is Your Land" (song) (1956). "This land is your land & this land is my land—sure," Bob Dylan wrote in Tarantula (1970),"but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.")
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  • 8.
    It is a fruitful island of the sea-world, a great Ithaca, there parched and stony and here trodden by flocks and curly- headed bulls and heavy with thick-set grain.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, preface (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
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  • 9.
    Manhattan. Sometimes from beyond the skyscrapers, across the hundreds of thousands of high walls, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia in the middle of the night, and you remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. American Journals, April/May 1946 entry (1978, trans. 1988).)
  • 10.
    The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.
    (William Blackstone (1723-1780), British jurist. Commentaries on the Laws of England, bk. 1, ch. 13 (1765-1769).)
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