Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quotes: Authority. Autobiography. Automobile. Autumn.

NOTE: The statement in bold-face is a brief summary of the quote, or the quote stands by itself and needs no simplification. The number to the left is the page number.

Authority 131 "Authority is never without hate." Euripides. 411 BC. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Authority 221 "Authority brooks no equal." Portuguese. Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Autobiography 215 No one can tell everything about himself. "That I, or any man, should tell everything of himself, I hold to be impossible; who could endure to own the doing of a mean thing?…who is there that has done none?" Trollope. 1883. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Automobile 29 The virile adventure of parallel parking a car. "Epochal as starting the car was the drama of parking it before he entered the office; with front wheels nicking the wrought-steel bumper of the car in front, he stopped, feverishly cramped his steering wheel, slid back into the vacant space and, with eighteen inches of room, maneuvered to bring the car level with the curb…a virile adventure masterfully executed." Lewis, Babbitt.

Automobile 45 Driving a car feels like power. "Babbitt…slid on with the traffic as the policeman lifted his hand…noted how quickly his car picked up…felt superior and powerful…." Lewis, Babbitt.

Autumn 1192 The yellow leaves acted like sunlight. "In the summer time, the shade of so many clustering branches, meeting and intermingling across the rivulet, was deep enough to produce a noontide twilight; hence came the name of Shadow Brook; but now, ever since autumn had crept into that secluded place, all the dark verdure was changed to gold; so that it really kindled up the dell, instead of shading it; the bright yellow leaves, even had it been a cloudy day, would have seemed to keep the sunlight among them; and enough of them had fallen to strew all the bed and margin of the brook with sunlight too." Shadow Brook: Introductory to “The Golden Touch.” Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Autumn 1211 From morning to night in autumn, we are conscious of living. "And when the cool night [in autumn] comes, we are conscious of having enjoyed a big armful of life, since morning."Hawthorne’s The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls

Autumn 1142 In autumn, the roof of a house is an intrusion. "I could scarcely endure the roof of the old house above me in these first autumnal days." Hawthorne: Preface to “The Old Manse”

Autumn 1142 The first signs of autumn come early in the summer. "How early in the summer, too, the prophecy of autumn comes!—earlier in some years than in others,--sometimes, even in the first weeks of July." Hawthorne: Preface to “The Old Manse”

Autumn 1143 Even in the heat of autumn, there is a coolness and mildness. "Autumn: There is a coolness amid all the heat; a mildness in the blazing noon." Hawthorne: Preface to “The Old Manse”

Autumn 1143 In autumn, the leaves fall, even without a breath of air. "Autumn: …at sunrise, the leaves fall from the trees of our avenue without a breath of wind, quietly descending by their own weight." Hawthorne: Preface to “The Old Manse”

Autumn 316 Autumn winds whip the golden leaves of birches from the trees. "…autumn wind of whimsical gusts that whip the leaves from the birches in clouds of gold…." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

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