Quotations About / On: MIRROR

  • 21.
    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).)
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  • 22.
    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).)
  • 23.
    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).)
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  • 24.
    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.)
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  • 25.
    That big gun in your hand makes you look grown up—you 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).)
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  • 26.
    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).)
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  • 27.
    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).)
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  • 28.
    Like children, the elders are a burden. But unlike children, they offer no hope or promise. They are a weight and an encumbrance and a mirror of our own mortality. It takes a person of great heart to see past this fact and to see the wisdom the elders have to offer, and so serve them out of gratitude for the life they have passed on to us.
    (Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 26 (1994).)
  • 29.
    It is, after all, very interesting that sound can reflect like water, like a mirror. And notice that Vinteuil's phrase only shows me that to which I did not pay attention at the time. Of my worries, of my loves at that time, it does not recall a thing, it has made the exchange.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 534, Pléiade (1954). Vinteuil's phrase is a favorite piece of music of Swann's...)
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  • 30.
    All the satires of the stage should be viewed without discomfort. They are public mirrors, where we are never to admit that we see ourselves; one admits to a fault when one is scandalized by its censure.
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Uranie, in La Critique de L'Ecole des Femmes (School for Wives Criticized), sc. 6 (1663). Uranie speaks of Molière's comedies.)
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