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bare life

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Boris Pasternak

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...for life. Doctor Zhivago (1958) pt. 2, ch. 9, sect. 14 (tr. M. Hayward and M. Harari) Man is born to live not to prepare for life Most people experience love, without noticing that there is anything remarkable about it. Doctor Zhivago (1958) pt. 2, ch. 13, sect. 10 I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them. Doctor Zhivago (1958) pt. 2, ch. 13, sect. 12 The whole human way of life has been destroyed and ruined. All that's left is the bare,...

Edna St Vincent Millay

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...the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends— It gives a lovely light. A Few Figs From Thistles (1920) ‘First Fig’ candle burns at both ends candle burns at both ends gives a lovely light Euclid alone Has looked on Beauty bare. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (1923) sonnet 22 Euclid alone has looked looked on beauty bare Justice denied in Massachusetts. relating to the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti and their execution on 22 August 1927 title of poem (1928) justice denied Justice denied denied in Massachusetts Time does not bring relief; you all...

E. B. White

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...are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take a nation's pulse, you can't be sure that the nation hasn't just run up a flight of stairs. in New Yorker 13 November 1948 A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist—nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. letter to Corona Machemer, 11 June...

Autobiography

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...1 Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography. Evelyn Waugh 1903 – 66 English novelist A Little Learning (1964) A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist—nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. E. B. White 1899 – 1985 American humorist letter to Corona Machemer, 11 June...

Parents

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...Shandy (1759–67) either my father or my mother either my father or my mother were about when they begot me I have four sons and three stepsons. I have learnt what it is like to step on Lego with bare feet. Fay Weldon 1931 – British novelist and script writer : in Independent 6 July 2002 have four sons and three stepsons step on Lego with bare feet All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his. Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900 Irish dramatist and poet : The Importance of Being Earnest (1895); the same...

Heroes

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...Heroes In such a regime, I say, you died a good death if your life had inspired someone to come forward and shoot your murderer in the chest—without asking to be paid. Chinua Achebe 1930 – 2013 Nigerian novelist A Man of the People (1966) Faster than a speeding bullet!…Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman! Strange visitor from another planet…Who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who—disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan...

Futility

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...1, sc. 2, l. 133 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) How weary , stale, flat How weary, stale , flat flat, and unprofitable ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 English poet ‘Ozymandias’ (1819) My name is Ozymandias Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair nothing beside remains lone and level sands God made everything out of nothing. But the...

Money

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... (1728) money , wife, is the true fuller's earth true fuller's earth true fuller's earth for reputations The shares are a penny, and ever so many are taken by Rothschild and Baring, And just as a few are allotted to you, you awake with a shudder despairing. W. S. Gilbert 1836 – 1911 English writer : Iolanthe (1882) shares are a penny taken by Rothschild and Baring with a shudder despairing on being told that money doesn't buy happiness: But it upgrades despair so beautifully. Richard Greenberg 1958 – American dramatist : Hurrah at...

The Clergy

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...Samuel Johnson 1709 – 84 English poet , critic , and lexicographer : James Boswell Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) March 1781 merriment of parsons merriment of parsons Evangelical vicar, in want of a portable, second-hand font, would dispose, for the same, of a portrait, in frame, of the Bishop, elect, of Vermont. advertisement placed in a newspaper Ronald Knox 1888 – 1957 English writer and Roman Catholic priest : W. S. Baring-Gould The Lure of the Limerick (1968) Evangelical vicar portable, second-hand font portrait , in...

Mathematics

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...God made the integers Points Have no parts or joints How then can they combine To form a line? J. A. Lindon 1891 – 1979 English poet M. Gardner Wheels, Life and Other Mathematical Amusements (1983) Euclid alone Has looked on Beauty bare. Edna St Vincent Millay 1892 – 1950 American poet The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (1923) sonnet 22 Euclid alone has looked looked on beauty bare In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them. John von Neumann 1903 – 57 Hungarian -born American mathematician and computer...

Flowers

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...the swallow dares take The winds of March take The winds of march From my experience of life I believe my personal motto should be ‘Beware of men bearing flowers.’ Muriel Spark 1918 – 2006 British novelist Curriculum Vitae (1992) As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower. Edward Thomas 1878 – 1917 English poet ‘Tall Nettles’ (1917) Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare, And left the flushed print in a poppy there. Francis Thompson 1859 – 1907 English poet...

The Self

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... lawyer My Life in Court (1963) I am I plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter I do not preserve myself. José Ortega y Gasset 1883 – 1955 Spanish writer and philosopher Meditations on Quixote (1914) I plus my surroundings I plus my surroundings do not preserve myself The self is hateful. Blaise Pascal 1623 – 62 French mathematician , physicist , and moralist Pensées (1670, ed. L. Brunschvicg, 1909) sect. 7, no. 455 The whole human way of life has been destroyed and ruined. All that's left is the bare, shivering...

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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...mocked them and the heart that fed. ‘Ozymandias’ (1819) hand that mocked them hand that mocked them heart that fed ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. ‘Ozymandias’ (1819) My name is Ozymandias Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair nothing beside remains lone and level sands Hell is a city much like London. ‘Peter Bell the Third’ (1819) pt. 3, st. 1 hell is a city Hell is a ...

Wealth

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...Wealth Wealth see also money , poverty If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom he gives it. Maurice Baring 1874 – 1945 British writer : Malcolm Cowley (ed.) Writers at Work (1958) 1st series what the Lord God thinks of money what the Lord God thinks of money I can walk. It's just that I'm so rich I don't need to. Alan Bennett 1934 – English dramatist and actor : Forty Years On (1969) I can walk I'm so rich I don't need to People say I wasted my money. I say 90 per cent went...

William Shakespeare

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...proud man's contumely, The pangs of disprized love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Hamlet (1601) act 3, sc. 1, l. 70 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) whips and scorns of time whips and scorns of time quietus make With a bare bodkin With a bare bodkin The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveller returns. Hamlet (1601) act 3, sc. 1, l. 79 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) undiscovered country country from whose bourn No ...

Anonymous

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...to Mahatma Gandhi ; see Bible eye for an eye whole world blind Faster than a speeding bullet!…Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman! Strange visitor from another planet…Who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who—disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper—fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and the American way! Superman (US radio show, 1940 onwards) preamble faster than a speeding bullet It's a bird It's superman...

Frances Trollope

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...Frances Trollope 1780 – 1863 English writer , mother of Anthony trollope I draw from life—but I always pulp my acquaintance before serving them up. You would never recognize a pig in a sausage. remark, c. 1848; S. Baring-Gould Early Reminiscences 1834-1864 (1923) pulp my acquaintance pig in a sausage pig in a ...

Boris Pasternak

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...live, not to prepare for life. Doctor Zhivago (1958) Man is born to live Man is born to live not to prepare for life Most people experience love, without noticing that there is anything remarkable about it. Doctor Zhivago (1958) Most people love love anything remarkable about it I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them. Doctor Zhivago (1958) people who have never fallen virtue is lifeless The whole human way of life has been destroyed and...

Pierre Bosquet

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...margarine: ‘ C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas le beurre [butter]’; in Oxford Life (1957), Dacre Balsdon quotes a ‘bright young man in a novel’ who said of the façade of Worcester College, Oxford, which has a splendid clock on it, ‘ C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la gare [station]’. The joke had earlier been applied to Waterhouse Tree Court at Caius Colllege, Cambridge. There is also this limerick: A waitress who lived in Nanterre Shaved the whole of her pubic parts bare. Said the chef in surprise When this sight met his eyes ‘Magnifique, mais ce...

Edna St Vincent Millay

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...gives a lovely light. A Few Figs From Thistles (1920) ‘First Fig’ candle burns at both ends candle burns at both ends gives a lovely light Euclid alone Has looked on Beauty bare. Fortunate they Who, though once only and then but far away, Have heard her massive sandal set on stone. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems (1923) sonnet 22 Euclid alone has looked looked on beauty bare Justice denied in Massachusetts. relating to the trial of Sacco and vanzetti and their execution on 22 August 1927 title of poem (1928) justice denied Justice denied denied in...

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