Every nation ... whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 381, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 62 (February 27, 1788).)
One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's privacy.
(Mary Pickford (1893-1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 22 (1955).
On the publicity that surrounded her break from her second husband, actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939). He had become quite publicly involved with another woman.)
"Letting go" ...implies generosity, a talent a good mother needs in abundance. Separation is not loss, it is not cutting yourself off from someone you love. It is giving freedom to the other person to be herself before she becomes resentful, stunted, and suffocated by being tied too close. Separation is not the end of love. It creates love.
(Nancy Friday (20th century), U.S. author. My Mother, My Self, ch. 3 (1977).)
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.)