Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Quotes: Fame. Family.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Fame 87 Celebrated people are prostitutes because they have to sell themselves in order to be famous. "Most celebrated men live in a condition of prostitution." Saint-Beuve. 1876. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Fame 87 Seeking fame is a vice; fame is a virtue only when you have it whether you want it or not. "Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no." Marquess of Halifax. Late 17th century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Fame 346 The longest fame is short because it ends in death and oblivion. "…and little, too, is the longest fame to come—dependent as it is on a succession of fast-perishing little men who have no knowledge even of their own selves, much less of one dead and gone." Marcus Aurelius. 2nd century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Fame 97 "Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion." Mark twain. Portable Curmudgeon.

Family 63 "By the time the youngest children have learned to keep the house tidy, the oldest grandchildren are on hand to tear it to pieces." Christopher Morley. Portable Curmudgeon.

Family 377 Domestic harmony comes at the price of petty jealousies and ill-will. "They [Robert and Lucy] settled in town, received very liberal assistance from Mrs. Ferrars, were on the best terms imaginable with the Dashwoods; and setting aside the jealousies and ill-will continually subsisting between Fanny and Lucy, in which their husbands of course took part, as well as the frequent domestic disagreement between Robert and Lucy themselves, nothing could exceed the harmony in which they all lived together." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Family 219 Houses full of jealousy, envy, unhappiness, evasions and negations. "Yet for all their [the houses’] frailness, how much jealousy and envy and unhappiness some of them managed to contain...life that went on in them seemed to me made up of evasions and negations...." Cather, My √Āntonia

Family 428 The ties of blood are nothing. "So long divided, and so differently situated, the ties of blood were little more than nothing…three or four Prices might have been swept away, any or all, except Fanny and William, and Lady Bertram [Mrs. Price’s sister] would have thought little about it." Austen, Mansfield Park.

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