Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. It later entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Seraphita, chapter III, First published as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), then the Etudes philosophiques (1835).
Explanation of Swedenborg's philosophy.)
Heavy, heavy-hearted people grow lighter and rise occasionally to their surface through precisely that which makes others heavier, through hatred and love.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 89, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 90 (1886).)
If, as a feminist leader, I try to help out the career of a rising woman faculty leaderI'm sleeping with her.
(Theo J. Kalikow (b. 1941), U.S. educator. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A16 (June 16, 1993).
The interim president of Plymouth State College (New Hampshire) was remarking on the tendency toward unfounded speculation in academia about feminists', and women college presidents', sexual orientation and behavior.)
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
(Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990), U.S. Canadian author. The Peter Principle, ch. 1 (1969).
The so-called Peter Principle; compare with the Paula Principle: "women stay below their level of competence, because they hold back from promotion." (Liz Filkin, quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 19, 1986)).)
It was a marvel, an enigma in abolition latitudes, that the slaves did not rise en-masse, at the beginning of hostilities.
(Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), U.S. author. Country Life in Georgia in the Days of My Youth, ch. 2 (1919).
By "the hostilities," Felton meant the Civil War. She was a slaveowner who came to disbelieve in slavery. This remark is from Felton's 1919 synopsis of a 1900 address she gave in Augusta, Georgia, to the Daughters of the Confederacy.)
A blank helpless sort of face, rather like a rose just before you drench it with D.D.T.
(John Carey (b. 1934), British author, critic. repr. in Original Copy, pt. 2, "Keeping Up with the Coopers" (1987). Sunday Times (London, Sept. 20, 1981).
Of photographs of society figure Lady Diana Cooper.)