Thursday, November 1, 2007

Quotes: Sculpture. Sea. Seasons. Secrets. Security. Self-Control. Self-Criticism. Self-Denial. Self-Mastery. Self-Righteousness. Senses. Sermons.

The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

The sculptor turns vibrant people into cool, quiet marble.
Sculpture 952 You [the sculptor] turn feverish men into cool, quiet marble. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Every sculptor thinks he has to create women with names that give propriety to lack of clothing.
Sculpture 955 Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

JFK loved the sea.
Sea 606 Of Kennedy: …one who loved ocean beaches, gulls wheeling in the sky, dunes baking in the sun, gleaming surf and salt spray…. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Night is winter, morning is spring, afternoon is summer and evening is fall.
Seasons 562 The night is the winter, the morning and evening are the spring and fall, and the noon is the summer. Thoreau, Walden.

Life starts over on a crisp fall day.
Seasons 118 Jordan Baker: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Spring is summer waiting for the winter to pass.
Seasons 102 What could spring possibly be made out of but summer transformed and reassembled and held inside the earth all winter? Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek.

Everything is supposed to be a secret until we find out that everyone knows it.
Secrets 468 These matters are always a secret, till it is found out that everybody knows them. Austen, Emma

The Shakers offered a “cold and passionless security.”
Security 68 ...that ideal associations such as the Shaker community offer only a “cold and passionless security” which is little better than the grave.... Mellow, Hawthorne in His Times.

Since I can’t control events, I try to control myself.
Self-control 201 Not being able to govern events, I govern myself…. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

If people paid attention to themselves, they would find that they, as well as I, consist of inanity and nonsense.
Self-criticism 508 If other men observed themselves attentively, as I do, they would find themselves, as I do, full of inanity and nonsense. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Pride in self-denial justifies our being harsh toward everyone else.

Self-denial 103 The act of self denial seems to confer on us the right to be harsh and merciless toward others. Hoffer, The True Believer

Self-mastery makes us feel as if we have mastered the world.
Self-mastery 79 The self-mastery needed in overcoming the appetites gives them an illusion of strength…feel that in mastering themselves they have mastered the world. Hoffer, The True Believer

Self-righteousness blinds the self.
Self-righteousness 108 Liddell Hart: Avoid self-righteousness...nothing is so self-blinding. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

One remembers odors better than any of the other senses.
Senses 76 They say that of all senses the nose remembers best. Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek.

When one smells the seaside air on a fresh day in June, one brings back many memories.
Senses 287 A vast inheritance of memories and associations was dimly brought to mind by that breath of the sea and freshness of the June day by the harbor side. Jewett, A Country Doctor.

The stones of Rome are sermons.
Sermons 979 There are sermons in stones…and especially in the stones of Rome. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

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