Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Quotes: Responsibility. Restaurant. Revenge. Reviewing. Revolution.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Every individual is responsible for all others and for everything that happens. [The message of The Remarkable Incident at Carson’s Corners by Reginald Rose.] Responsibility 260 …everyone is really responsible to all men for all men and for everything. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

Goering tells his soldiers that the bullets they use to kill civilians in revenge are his bullets and he takes full responsibility.
Responsibility 121 Goering: Each bullet which leaves the barrel of a police pistol now is my bullet…if one calls this murder, than I have murdered…I assume the responsibility, and I am not afraid to do so. Conot, Justice at Nuremberg.

Impressions of “greasy spoon” roadside restaurants.
Restaurant 142 ...the whole gamut of American roadside restaurants...impaled guest checks, life savers, sunglasses, adman visions of celestial sundaes, one-half of a chocolate cake under glass, and several horribly experienced flies zigzagging over the sticky sugar pour on the ignoble counter.... Nabokov, Lolita.

He doesn’t mind waiting to achieve his revenge at last; hopes he doesn’t die before he can get that revenge.
Revenge 71 Heathcliff: “I’m trying to settle how I shall pay Hindley back; I don’t care how long I wait, if I can only do it at last; I hope he will not die before I do…let me alone, and I’ll plan it out: while I’m thinking that I don’t feel pain.” E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights.

I want the satisfaction of seeing my descendants employing his descendants to till my fields.
Revenge 252 Heathcliff: …and I want the triumph of seeing my descendant fairly lord of their estates: my child hiring their children to till their father’s lands for wages. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights.

Try to restrain yourself by reason against the appetite for revenge.
Revenge 168 …he who, provoked and nettled to the quick by an offense, should fortify himself with the arms of reason against the furious appetite of revenge…. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

I wish I could slaughter you and eat you raw.
Revenge 192 Achilles to the wounded Hector: Would god my passion drove me/ to slaughter you and eat you raw, you’ve caused/ such agony to me! Homer, Iliad.

The technique of using a single sentence to summarize some trait of the article you are reviewing.
Reviewing 323 Helen Hull: Perhaps the most startling and thought-provoking single sentence in this article…. Hull, ed. The Writer’s Book.

The great revolution in the history of the world is by those determined to be free.
Revolution 259 JFK: The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

The “Revolution” in America will not be complete until every child has food to eat, every student the opportunity to study, everyone can find work and housing and everyone old can have security.
Revolution 703 JFK: “…the revolution of this hemisphere” would be incomplete “until every child has a meal and every student has an opportunity to study, and everyone who wishes to work can find a job, and everyone who wishes a home can find one, and everyone who is old can have security.” Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

If you make peaceful revolution impossible, you will insure violent revolution.
Revolution 722 JFK: Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Democracy must offer a heartfelt cause in order to turn people away from communism.
Revolution 899 Gen. Edward Lansdale: “The great lesson [of Malaya and the Philippines] …was that there must be a heartfelt cause to which the legitimate government is pledged, a cause which makes a stronger appeal to the people than the communist cause…. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Every revolution has disastrous unintended side effects.
Revolution 86 The direct consequences of revolutionary innovations may be calculable and salutary; but the indirect are generally incalculable and…disastrous. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

Revolution occurs where there are extremes of poverty and wealth.
Revolution 86 …a ruler who would avoid revolution should prevent extremes of poverty and wealth…. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

Men will never be free until there are no more kings or priests.
Revolution 231 Diderot: “…men will never be free till the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Voltaire.

Successful revolutions reabsorb what they rebelled against.
Revolution 505 Santayana: Revolutions are ambiguous...success is generally proportionate to their power of adaptation and to the reabsorption within them of what they rebelled against. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Santayana.

Revolution implies destruction.
Revolution 68 Albert Schweitzer: Revolution is an evil word, for it means that something new is to come through destruction. Anderson, The Schweitzer Album.

Revolution means that people can rise up against the present government and put in its place one that better suits them.
Revolution 166 Lincoln on revolution: Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years

Revolutions are easier started than controlled and the people who start them are seldom there at the end.
Revolution 308 Stephens of Georgia: “Revolutions are much easier started than controlled, and the men who begin them, even for the best purposes and object, seldom end them.” Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years.

Movements in the arts, like revolutions, seldom last beyond fifteen years.
Revolutions 120 Great movements in the arts, like revolutions, don’t last for more than about fifteen years. Clark, Civilization.

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