Quotations About / On: SPRING

  • 31.
    Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
    (Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. Article first published in Commonweal (April 17, 1936). On Writing, "Four Letters: Escapism," (1949).)
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  • 32.
    The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little—or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Autobiography, ch. 10 (1883). Trollope was writing of William Makepeace Thackeray, on his death (Christmas Day, 1863): "It was perhaps his chief fault as a writer that he could never abstain from that dash of satire which he felt to be demanded by the weaknesses which he saw around him.")
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  • 33.
    The only thing that could spoil a day was people.... People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 6 (1964).)
  • 34.
    The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sect. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).)
  • 35.
    There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "The Great Beast," pt. 3, Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962).)
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  • 36.
    Every form of life is in its origin not natural, but divine and human; for it must spring from love, just as there can be no reason without spirit.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 91 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
  • 37.
    In certain savage tribes in New Guinea, they put the old people up in the trees and shake them once a year in the spring; if they don't fall out they let them live another year.
    (John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Produced by the New Playwrights Theatre in New York in the spring of 1929. Professor in Airways, Inc. Act 1, Three Plays, Harcourt, Brace and Company (1934).)
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  • 38.
    Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war. This war talk's spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream. Besides, there isn't going to be any war.
    (Sidney Howard (1891-1939), U.S. screenwriter. Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh), Gone With The Wind, to the Tarleton twins (Fred Crane, George Reeves) (1939).)
  • 39.
    We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
    (Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, introduction (1927).)
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  • 40.
    Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
    (J.G. (James Graham) Ballard (b. 1930), British author. originally published in Books and Bookmen (London, Feb. 1971). Fictions of Every Kind, Re/Search (San Francisco) no. 8/9 (1984). Ballard continued: "Even the worst science fiction is better ... than the best conventional fiction. The future is a better key to the present than the past.")
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