Quotations About / On: JULY

  • 1.
    It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my "poems" are competing.
    (E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962), U.S. poet. Is 5, foreword (1926).)
  • 2.
    July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins, ch. 17 (1894).)
  • 3.
    I thank heaven that the 4th. of July is over. It is always a day of great fatigue to me, and of some embarrassments from improper intrusions and some from unintended exclusions.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, July 5, 1808, to his granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 347, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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  • 4.
    October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," ch. 13, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
  • 5.
    People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldn't buy vanilla ice cream. Except on July Fourth. Other days he had to be satisfied with chocolate.
    (Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American poet, autobiographer, and performer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 8 (1970). Remembering her childhood in strictly segregated, harshly racist Stamps, Arkansas, during the 1930s.)
  • 6.
    “I like you; your eyes are full of language."

    [Letter to Anne Clarke, July 3, 1964.]”
    ( Anne Sexton)
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  • 7.
    He makes a July's day short as December,
    And with his varying childness cures in me
    Thoughts that would thick my blood.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Polixenes, in The Winter's Tale, act 1, sc. 2, l. 169-71. On the pleasure his son gives him.)
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