Quotations About / On:
A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
(Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, preface (1758).)
Until I am ready to lose weight, I cannot see how fat I am.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
The worst condition of humans is when they lose knowledge and control of themselves.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Drunkenness":, The Essays (Les Essais), bk. II, ch. 2, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categoriesthose that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
(Russell Baker (b. 1925), U.S. journalist. New York Times (June 18, 1968).)
I always thought of losing my virginity as a career move.
(Madonna [Madonna Louise Ciccione] (b. 1959), U.S. singer, actor. Quoted in Madonna Unauthorized, epilogue, Christopher Andersen (1991).)
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
(Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), U.S. lawyer, orator. Speech, Manhattan Liberal Club. Truth-Seeker (February 28, 1892).)
We can travel longer, night and day, without losing our spirits than almost any persons we ever met.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 557, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (June 6, 1879).
Called "Rutherford the Rover," Hayes traveled more and publicized his pet policies by speaking to the people than did his predecessors.)
Now defined as art, the totem has lost cult, taboo, and custom.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 33, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
Let's put it this way: I fought for the South. We lost.
(Eric Red, U.S. screenwriter, and Kathryn Bigelow. Jesse Hooker (Lance Henricksen), Near Dark, a vampire, explaining how old he is (1987).)