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Quotations About / On: MIRROR

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    At bottom, man mirrors himself in things; he considers everything beautiful that reflects his own image: the judgment "beautiful" is the vanity of his species.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 123, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Skirmishes of an Untimely Man," section 19 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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  • 34.
    It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.... Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.
    (George Steiner (b. 1929), French-born U.S. critic, novelist. In Bluebeard's Castle, ch. 1 (1971).)
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  • 35.
    You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 9 (1974).)
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  • 36.
    Self-revelation is a cruel process. The real picture, the real "you" never emerges. Looking for it is as bewildering as trying to know how you really look. Ten different mirrors show you ten different faces.
    (Shashi Deshpande (b. 1938), Indian author. That Long Silence, ch. 1 (1988).)
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  • 37.
    Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.
    (Marjorie Rosen (b. 1942), U.S. film critic. Popcorn Venus, preface (1973).)
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  • 38.
    A curious thing about atrocity stories is that they mirror, instead of the events they purport to describe, the extent of the hatred of the people that tell them.
    Still, you can't listen unmoved to tales of misery and murder.
    (John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Journeys Between Wars, "Introduction to Civil War 1916-1937," Harcourt Brace and Company (1938).)
  • 39.
    We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future. Suburbia lives imaginatively in Bonanza-land.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).)
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  • 40.
    A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.
    (Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. No Man Knows My History, ch. 19 (1945).)
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