Quotations About / On: LOSS

  • 31.
    It was like stepping into a negative rather than a photograph. I was overcome by the sudden realization of the scale of the loss.
    (Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "Secular Jewish Identity," 1986. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 4 (1990). On visiting Poland with her mother in 1983, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, in which her father, a Jewish rights activist, was killed. The rest of the two women's family also died in Poland during the Holocaust.)
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  • 32.
    Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
    (Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), Anglo-Irish novelist. The Death of the Heart, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1938).)
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  • 33.
    No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth.
    (Ellen Terry (1847-1928), British actor. Ellen Terry's Memoirs, 2nd. ed., ch. 13 (1932). Written in 1906 or 1907.)
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  • 34.
    Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Jefferson, May 13, 1798. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 17, p. 130, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)
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  • 35.
    The shimmering night does not stay for mortals, not misfortunes, nor wealth, but in a moment it is gone, and to the turn of another comes joy and loss.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Women of Trachis, l. 132.)
  • 36.
    Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Letter, June 26, 1775, to Hester Thrale. The Letters of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, no. 411, ed. R. W. Chapman (1952).)
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  • 37.
    No performance is worth loss of geniality. 'Tis a cruel price we pay for certain fancy goods called fine arts and philosophy.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 38.
    When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.
    (John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. (repr. 1976). A Fortunate Man, p. 122 (1967).)
  • 39.
    Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Which Was the Dream?" (Written 1897), published in Which Was the Dream and Other Symbolic Writings, ed. John S. Tuckey (1967). Unfinished story; real name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens.)
  • 40.
    Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them—and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 235 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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