Thursday, November 19, 2009

Quotes: Reform and Reformers (1).

Reform 887 "Once upon a time—but whether in time past or time to come, is a matter of little or no moment—this wide world had become so overburdened with an accumulation of worn-out trumpery, that the inhabitants determined to rid themselves of it by a general bonfire." Hawthorne: "Earth's Holocaust"

Reform 901 "Unless we set fire to the earth itself, and then leap boldly off into infinite space, I know not that we can carry reform to any further point." Hawthorne: "Earth's Holocaust"

Reform 195 "Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel." H. L. Mencken. Portable Curmudgeon.

Reform 97 Carol: "And you want to ‘reform’ people like that when dynamite is so cheap?" Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Reform 139 "You want to do something for the town; I don’t; I want the town to do something for itself." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

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