Quotations About / On:
I would rather be old for a shorter time than be old before my time.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "On Some Verses of Virgil," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 5, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
A free spirit must be able to surmount anxiety time after time.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
(Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. Little Essays of Love and Virtue, ch. 7 (1922).)
From time to time I listen to what you are saying, just in case a response is needed.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
Any time you've got nothing to doand lots of time to do itcome on up.
(Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, to a would-be conquest (1940).)
Until that time comes I'll live a thousand hopes, die a thousand times.
(Edward T. Lowe. Erle C. Kenton. Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney), House of Dracula, waiting to see if he's cured, or if he'll turn into the Wolf Man when the moon rises (1945).)
Surely there is a time to submit to guidance and a time to take one's own way at all hazards.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #49, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
Now is the time for drinking [nunc est bibendum], now is the time to make the earth shake with dancing.
(Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 1, ode 37, l. 1 (23 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).
Ode on the death of Cleopatra.)
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Oration, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The American Scholar," Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).)
Times of heroism are generally times of terror, but the day never shines in which this element may not work.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Heroism," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)