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.)
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.
(Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, June 22, 1752, to her daughter Lady Bute. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).
Advising her on bringing up Lady Bute's own daughter.)
Unfortunately, I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.
(Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), U.S. screen actor. Marilyn: Something's Got to Give (TV program, Channel 4), broadcast (Aug. 2, 1992).
Telegram, June 13, 1962, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, turning down a party invitation.)
The loss of sex polarity is part and parcel of the larger disintegration, the reflex of the soul's death, and coincident with the disappearance of great men, great deeds, great causes, great wars, etc.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Universe of Death," The Cosmological Eye (1939).)
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).)
And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship? Then all things go to decay. Genius leaves the temple to haunt the senate or the market.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Address, July 17, 1838, delivered before the senior class in Divinity College, Cambridge. "The Divinity School Address," repr. in The Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode (1946, repr. 1981).)