Quotations About / On: MIRROR

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    When Walser first put on his make-up, he looked in the mirror and did not recognise himself ... he experienced the freedom that lies behind the mask, within dissimulation.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 2, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984). The hero contemplates his face shortly after applying clown makeup.)
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  • 33.
    [A]s a lady adjusts her dress before a mirror, a man adjusts his character by looking at his journal.
    (James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, "30 March 1778," p. 898, Oxford University Press (1980).)
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  • 34.
    The war was a mirror; it reflected man's every virtue and every vice, and if you looked closely, like an artist at his drawings, it showed up both with unusual clarity.
    (George Grosz (1893-1959), German artist. A Small Yes and a Big No, ch. 7 (1955, trans. 1982).)
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  • 35.
    A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
    (G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook E," aph. 49, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).)
  • 36.
    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.)
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  • 37.
    He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.
    (Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet. Letter, October 23, 1907. Letters on Cézanne (1952, trans. 1985). On Cézanne.)
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  • 38.
    Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. New Yorker (July 30, 1990).)
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  • 39.
    The dandy should aspire to be uninterruptedly sublime. He should live and sleep in front of a mirror.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. My Heart Laid Bare, Intimate Journals, sct. 27 (1887), trans. by Christopher Isherwood (1930), rev. Don Bachardy (1989).)
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  • 40.
    If all men are made in God's reflection, then why do some people continue to acknowledge only what is in their part of the mirror? If every man was created equal and in the image of God, then how can any man claim that one race is better than another?
    (Suzy Kassem)
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