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During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
by Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
seems to have been trying -
half unconsciously,
perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.
- Lytton Strachey

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French
vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.
- Lytton Strachey

Englishmen have always loved Moliere.
- Lytton Strachey

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere
of the later Middle Ages.
- Lytton Strachey

 

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

The history of the Victorian Age will never be written:
we know too much about it.
- Lytton Strachey

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When the French nation gradually came into existence
among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul,
a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
- Lytton Strachey

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France
suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity;
it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower.
- Lytton Strachey

Though, with the ascendancy of Louis,
the political power of the nobles finally came to an end,
France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life,
completely aristocratic.
- Lytton Strachey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly
established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I
vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.
- Lytton Strachey

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -
ignorance,
which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits,
with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
- Lytton Strachey

Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is,
his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages.
He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.
- Lytton Strachey

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same
kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain,
Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England.
His glory is more than national - it is universal.
- Lytton Strachey

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action,
the exalted passions of chivalry and war -
faded into the background,
and their place was taken by the refined and intimate
pursuits of peace and civilization.
- Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest
writers who have lived upon this earth.
And his genius was not simply artistic;
it displayed itself no less in his character and in
the quality of his thought.
- Lytton Strachey

English dramatic literature is, of course,
dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable
that an English reader should measure the value of
other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
- Lytton Strachey

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

During life, none of us is 100% open to Spirit -
we have too much ego to do that.
Only at death do we give up our ego and completely open to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

When a father, absent during the day,
returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament,
not his teaching.
- Robert Bly

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for
days on nothing but food and water.
- W. C. Fields

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace,
or peace an interlude during war.
- Georges Clemenceau

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

During his training, a baseball player strives
to make each swing better than the last.
The repetition of a faulty swing would be worse than useless.
It would ingrain bad habits.
The same is true of emotional responses.
If we allow ourselves to continue to have the same angry responses,
we just entrench our anger habit.
But if we strive - through consciousness, visualization, and coaching -
to moderate our anger response,
over time, we can train ourselves to respond
to events as we choose - without anger.
You can't magically be free from anger tomorrow,
but you can put yourself on your own training program
that will reduce the frequency and intensity
of your anger response day by day, year by year.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
- Aristotle Onassis

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than
ever for us to watch over them.
Adolescence is not about letting go.
It's about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.
- Ron Taffel

We can see cities during the day and at night,
and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean,
and see hurricanes form.
- Sally Ride

It was very difficult to startle or surprise someone
with a particular sound during the family computer era.
- Nobuo Uematsu

He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops
during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting
"All the Gods are bastards."
- Terry Pratchett

It would be a mind-boggling endeavor to try to identify
each individual who claims to have been a survivor
of victimization during this period of 24 years.
- Jose Ramos-Horta

And then, when I went into the Navy,
there was no choice.
You took about half of the hours during your naval
training as naval courses and the other half were engineering.
- Daniel J. Evans

We developed during the 1990s a series of budget process
rules that helped us bring to heel these deficits,
diminishing every year and moving the budget so into surplus.
- John Spratt

I have perfected the art of putting my feet on my husband's
lap during awards ceremonies so he can rub them.
- Annette Bening

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence.
It may be that you will not meet again in this life.
- Jean Paul

I'll have to have a room of my own.
Nobody could sleep with Dick.
He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights,
speaks into his tape recorder.
- Pat Nixon

Circumstances cause us to act the way we do.
We should always bear this in mind before judging the actions of others.
I realized this from the start during World War II.
- Thor Heyerdahl

Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian
holidays that move in sync,
like the ice skating pairs we saw during the winter Olympics.
- Marvin Olasky

During my career several people have tried to push me out the door...
Nobody has succeeded yet.
- Ferdinand Piech

During the Cold War, we gathered information by listening to the Soviets,
taking pictures of the Soviets, and we allowed our
human intelligence to decline.
- Bob Graham

It is not only one person's work, it's really a partnership
and collaboration during all these years.
- Christo

No - I'm quite calm inside during the game for most of the time -
not 100%,
but generally very calm.
- Vladimir Kramnik

I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol.
It's at the point now where it's old.
- Clay Aiken

The war against terror is every bit as important as
our fight against fascism in World War II.
Or our struggle against the spread of Communism during the Cold War.
- Jim Bunning

Farmers only worry during the growing season,
but townspeople worry all the time.
- Edgar Watson Howe

I was born in the Second World War during the Nazi invasion of my country.
- Antonio Tabucchi

During the past few years I have led a sometimes hard
battle for German foreign policy.
- Gustav Stresemann

One of my major competitors was Harold Smith.
Smith beat me in 1977.
I was loafing during that competition.
- Edwin Moses

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.
And I will not let anything get in the way of me and
my competitive enthusiasm to win.
- Michael Jordan

The way I go about a lovemaking scene is that we will
talk about it during the rehearsing time.
- Ang Lee

I mean that what makes me a professional,
but the market itself has been fabulous during this
whole period and I've got to give the market credit
before I give myself credit.
- Jim Cramer

During the 1960 election, I saw Richard Nixon as the winner.
- Jeane Dixon

The external appearance of any construction projects
that are created during the time of the National Socialist
Reich must take on the sensibility of our time.
- Fritz Todt

We have had virtually unlimited access to abortion for nearly twenty years.
Yet during that same period, more and more women and
children have slipped into poverty.
- Robert Casey

Hard times don't create heroes.
It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.
- Bob Riley

Actually I don't remember being born,
it must have happened during one of my black outs.
- Jim Morrison

During my 21 years of playing cricket,
I have never been approached by anyone or offered a bribe.
- Imran Khan

Michael was very specific during rehearsals.
When he was pleased, he always had this charming grin.
- Madeleine Stowe

I think things get a lot better after high school.
I think the ones that struggle during that time tend
to have better experiences after.
- Molly Shannon

I was like a kept woman during my twenty-one years at MGM.
- Walter Pidgeon

During my service in the United States Congress,
I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
- Al Gore

During the many centuries that magic,
here on this planet, was presumed to have worked,
there were at least as many theories as to how magic
worked as there were cultures and religions.
- Lynn Abbey


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