Monday, September 15, 2008

Quotes: Irony. Irrational.

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.

Irony 153 He was accused of the same abuses he had fought against. "The very abuses against which he [Lord Clive] had waged an honest, resolute, and successful war were laid to his account." Lord Macaulay. From Lord Clive. 1840. Gross, ed. Essays.

Irony 340 At the very moment when a person is judged not to be a prophet, he leaves this life and is praised for the light he has shed on existence. "In the very moment that the world is deciding that a man was no prophet and had nothing to say, in that very moment perhaps is his work perfected, and he himself is gathered to his fathers, after having been a lamp to his own generation, and an inspiration to those who come after." John Jay Chapman. “William James.” 1915. Gross, ed. Essays.

Irony 246 They sought their company, but little valued it. "Their hours were therefore made over to Lady Middleton and the two Miss Steeles, by whom their company was in fact as little valued, as it was professedly sought." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Irony 302 Her friendship was in fact a persecution. " …she was pleased to be free herself from the persecution of Lucy’s friendship." Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

Irony 70 I can't hate any realtor, even that @#$%^&* Cecil Rountree. "…and so I certainly can't suppose and I can't imagine my hating any realtor, not even that dirty, fourflushing society sneak, Cecil Rountree!" Lewis, Babbitt.

Irony 12 He searched for it, but only found it when he wasn't looking for it. "He considered it a trick of his whimsical fate to have searched for the sea without finding it, at the cost of countless sacrifices and suffering, and to have found it all of a sudden without looking for it….." Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Irony 96 "After sitting a little while, Miss Crawford was up again: “I must move,” said she; 'resting fatigues me.' ” Austen, Mansfield Park.

Irrational 236 "The irrational is not necessarily unreasonable." Sir Lewis Namier. 1955. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

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