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I have thousands of opinions still -
by Harold Brodkey

I have thousands of opinions still -
but that is down from millions -
and,
as always, I know nothing.
- Harold Brodkey

Public radio is alive and kicking, it always has been.
- Harold Brodkey

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life -
duties,
intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.
- Harold Brodkey

This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech,
is nearly over.
- Harold Brodkey

 

Being ill like this combines shock -
this time I will die -
with a pain and agony that are unfamiliar,
that wrench me out of myself.
- Harold Brodkey

I feel sorry for the man who marries you...
because everyone thinks you're sweet and you're not.
- Harold Brodkey

Almost the first thing I did when I became ill was
to buy a truly good television set.
- Harold Brodkey

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Death and I are head to head in a total collision,
pure and mutual distaste.
- Harold Brodkey

True stories, autobiographical stories,
like some novels, begin long ago, before the acts in the account,
before the birth of some of the people in the tale.
- Harold Brodkey

But death's acquisitive instincts will win.
- Harold Brodkey

Me, my literary reputation is mostly abroad,
but I am anchored here in New York.
I can't think of any other place I'd rather die than here.
- Harold Brodkey

God is an immensity, while this disease,
this death, which is in me, this small,
tightly defined pedestrian event, is merely and perfectly real,
without miracle - or instruction.
- Harold Brodkey

It is like visiting one's funeral, like visiting loss
in its purest and most monumental form,
this wild darkness, which is not only unknown but which
one cannot enter as oneself.
- Harold Brodkey

I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first,
except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds
that I might live for a while,
that I can sleep it off.
- Harold Brodkey

It is death that goes down to the center of the earth,
the great burial church the earth is,
and then to the curved ends of the universe,
as light is said to do.
- Harold Brodkey

Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive,
has to be ended, has to be put aside,
as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head.
- Harold Brodkey

It bothers me that I won't live to see the end of the century,
because, when I was young, in St.
Louis, I remember saying to Marilyn,
my sister by adoption,
that that was how long I wanted to live:
seventy years.
- Harold Brodkey

I can't change the past, and I don't think I would.
I don't expect to be understood.
I like what I've written, the stories and two novels.
If I had to give up what I've written in order to be clear of this disease,
I wouldn't do it.
- Harold Brodkey

If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just
to go and see what the reality is,
of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer,
the drunk or sober poet...
Sometimes you can go looking for illumination.
- Harold Brodkey

I awake with a not entirely sickened knowledge that
I am merely young again and in a funny way at peace,
an observer who is aware of time's chariot,
aware that some metamorphosis has occurred.
- Harold Brodkey

In New York one lives in the moment rather more than Socrates advised,
so that at a party or alone in your room it will always
be difficult to guess at the long term worth of anything.
- Harold Brodkey

I was always crazy about New York, dependent on it,
scared of it - well, it is dangerous -
but beyond that there was the pressure of being young
and of not yet having done work you really liked,
trademark work, breakthrough work.
- Harold Brodkey

I am sensible of the velocity of the moments,
and entering that part of my head alert to the motion
of the world I am aware that life was never perfect,
never absolute.
This bestows contentment, even a fearlessness.
- Harold Brodkey

So an autobiography about death should include,
in my case, an account of European Jewry and of Russian and Jewish events -
pogroms and flights and murders and the revolution
that drove my mother to come here.
- Harold Brodkey

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world.
I know because I've done it thousands of times.
- Mark Twain

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands,
perhaps millions, think.
- George Byron

Classes struggle, some classes triumph,
others are eliminated.
Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
- Mao Zedong

The smallest number, with God and truth on their side,
are weightier than thousands.
- Charles Simmons

We have got thousands of nuclear weapons in order to achieve deterrence.
- John Spratt

Sci-fi films are the epic films of the day because
we can no longer put 10,000 extras in the scene -
but we can draw thousands of aliens with computers.
- William Shatner

The family ties between hundreds of thousands of German
families and their American relatives led many to think
that America would never join a second war against Germany.
- Julius Streicher

When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home,
you will see how China will transform itself.
- Deng Xiaoping

I love working quickly.
I don't like to do thousands of takes,
and I don't want to do thousands of set ups.
- Sigourney Weaver

Anyway, I went out and bought thousands of dollars
worth of mature clothes so I'd look like a person to be taken seriously,
instead of a pretty little twit.
- Shelley Duvall

I've just taught thousands of people over the radio
in the USA how to mend broken watches and broken house appliances.
I am a catalyst or trigger to access these powers.
- Uri Geller

China and India are close neighbours linked by mountains
and rivers and the Chinese and Indian peoples have
enjoyed friendly exchanges for thousands of years.
- Li Peng

There are thousands of Ten Commandments plaques or
monuments all over the country,
and lawsuits to remove them have popped up in more than a dozen states.
- Phyllis Schlafly

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves,
I could have freed thousands more.
- Harriet Tubman

Politics begin where the masses are,
not where there are thousands,
but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
- Vladimir Lenin

Towns and cities throughout the United States have
opened their hearts and homes to thousands of families
displaced from their homes as a result of this horrific storm.
- Jo Bonner

Well, we can't afford blindness anymore.
There are tens of thousands of thugs who loathe liberty and love death,
and want to annihilate Western civilization.
- Tony Snow

When facing symphonic orchestras which have played
some works five thousands times,
you have nothing to do.
- Placido Domingo

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to,
when all they need is one reason why they can.
- Martha Graham

In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer
scientists let loose to do whatever they want.
That's what really advances the field.
- Donald Knuth

I look at tens of thousands of church leaders who still
do need a bit of an awakening.
- Bill Hybels

I received thousands of letters of support from all around the world,
all because I wanted to go to school.
- Ryan White

Smell is a potent wizard that transports you
across thousands of miles
and all the years you have lived.
- Helen Keller

This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth,
even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have
life and to him return again.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Capitalism has socialized production.
It has brought thousands of people together in the
factory and involved them in new social relationships.
- C. L. R. James

Who authorised the spend of millions of pounds and
thousands of man hours into a stale,
historical situation from three decades ago -
with virtually no complaints made?
- Jonathan King

Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours.
Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has
been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.
- Samuel Butler

He steps on stage and draws the sword of rhetoric,
and when he is through, someone is lying wounded and
thousands of others are either angry or consoled.
- Pete Hamill

No sociologist should think himself too good,
even in his old age, to make tens of thousands of quite
trivial computations in his head and perhaps for months at a time.
- Max Weber

Nobody knows through how many thousands of years fighting
men have made a place for themselves while the weak
and peaceable have gone to the wall.
- Elihu Root

The collapse of Enron was devastating to tens of thousands
of people and shook the public's confidence in corporate America.
- Robert Mueller

Every day, hundreds of thousands of men and women protect and serve,
often putting their own lives at risk.
- Jerry Costello

There are thousands willing to do great things for
one willing to do a small thing.
- George MacDonald

There are thousands of girls out there who could be doing my job.
- Yasmeen Ghauri

The wool of a thousand sheep in good pasture at the
least ought to yield fifty marks a year,
the wool of two thousand one hundred marks,
and so forth, counting by thousands.
- Robert Grosseteste

Thousands of present day students, like many of our Founding Fathers,
are being taught at home.
- Ernest Istook

Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer
to Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day.
- Joe Baca

I've written thousands of stories, started hundreds of news cycles.
- Matt Drudge

It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper,
and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends,
rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
- William Powell

If you want to give up the admiration of thousands
of men for the distain of one,
go ahead, get married.
- Katharine Hepburn

I think Israel will think one thousands times before invading Gaza.
- Ahmed Yassin

There are thousands of directors in Hollywood.
- Penelope Spheeris

Now a movie with 30 million returns would be something
very incredible and the producer can only get 10 to 15 million.
This is only 100 thousands US dollars.
This is not enough!
- Zhang Yimou

We have thousands of patients and family members who
are dealing with dual devastation,
cancer and the hurricane.
- Greg Anderson

There exist thousands of Americans who have AIDS-defining
diseases but are HIV negative.
- Serge Lang


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