Quotations About / On:
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
(Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 12, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1958). Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psycho-Analysis, sct. G (1912).
On the ideal practice of psychoanalysis.)
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
(Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese poet, novelist. The Prophet (1923).)
Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
(Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), U.S. dramatist. Lazarus, in Lazarus Laughed, act 2, sc. 1 (1927).)
The world has become uglier since it began to look into a mirror every day; so let us settle for the mirror image and do without an inspection of the original.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "In Praise of a Topsy-Turvy Lifestyle," Simplicissimus, Munich (1908).)
A story of particular facts is a mirror which obscures and distorts that which should be beautiful; poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which it distorts.
(Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840).)
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
(Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987, trans. 1990).)
Logic is not a body of doctrine, but a mirror-image of the world. Logic is transcendental.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-British philosopher. Trans. by D.F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, Routledge and Kegan Paul (1961). Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 6.13.)
That big gun in your hand makes you look grown upyou think! I'll bet you spend hours posing in front of a mirror holding it, trying to look tough!... You scum!
(Richard Brooks (1912-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Huston (1906-1987). James Temple (Lionel Barrymore), Key Largo, to the gunsel Toots (1948).)
Nothing is more horrible than my self in the mirror of hysteria. Nothing is more vulgar than my style in the hands of another. To imitate me is to punish me.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Emperor Augustus, in Cinna, act 2, sc. 1 (1641).)