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    Quotations to use in the argumentative essay

    Post by Joumen on Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:41 pm

    Quotations and Examples to Use in the Argumentative Essay

    Art, Artist, and Life :
    • « Music is feeling, then, not sound; /And thus it is what I feel.” (Wallace Stevens: “Peter Quince at the Clavier”).
    • “The theatre was changed/To something else. Its past was a souvenir/It has to be living, to learn the speech of the place./It has to face the men of the time and to meet/The women of the time.”(W.S: “Of Modern Poetry”).
    • “It has to think about the war.”(W.S.: “Of Modern Poetry”).
    • “It must/Be the finding of a satisfaction, and may/Be of a man skating, a woman dancing, a woman combing.”(W.Stevens: “Of Modern Poetry”).
    • The poet must do nothing than “help people to live their lives”; his imagination has the power to serve as “the light in the mind of others.”
    • “The whole race is a poet that writes down/The eccentric propositions of its fate.”(W.Stevens: “Men Made Out of Words”).
    • “There is no Frigate like a book/To take us lands away.”
    • “If you touch the heart with one book, it can transform a life.”(By the political philosopher: Alan Bloom).
    • Poetry is “The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.”(By Edgar Allan Poe).
    • “ “Classic.” A book which people praise and don’t read.”(By Mark Twain).

    • “Beauty is momentary in the mind/ […] But in the flesh it is immortal.”(W.S.: “Peter Quince at the Clavier”).
    • “The body dies; the body’s beauty lives.”(W.Stevens: “Peter Quince at the Clavier”).
    • “Death is the mother of beauty; hence from her, /Alone, hall come fulfilment to our dreams/And our desires.”(W.Stevens: “Sunday Morning”).
    • “Why do you imagine golden birds? /Do you not see how the blackbird/Walks around the feet.”(W.Stevens: “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”).
    • Beauty may be reflected in nature, “thrown back from flowers/ […] As in those gardens.”(E.A.Poe: “Al Aaraaf”).

    • “All Nature Speaks.”(By E.A.Poe: “Al Aaraaf”).
    • “Shall she not find in comforts of the sun, /In pungent fruit and bright, green wings, or else/In any balm or beauty of the earth, /Things to be cherished.”(W.Stevens: “Sunday Morning”).
    • Nature “gives no orders […]; it knows nothing of vengeance or mercy. Before nature all men are free and equal.” (By the historian Walter P. Webb).

    War and violence:
    • “Life hasn’t much to offer except youth, […] and every man I’ve met who’s been to war, […] seems to have lost youth and faith in man.”(By F.S.Fitzgerald in a letter of 1917).
    • War “could not have been committed by any animal other than man.”(From an article by Howard Zinn in “Violence in America”).
    • “Four women are beaten to death every day in America by husbands or lovers.”(FBI statistics/from an article).

    Modern Man and Modern Life:
    • “We are the hollow men/We are the stuffed men/Headpiece filled with straw.”
    • “Our dried voices […]/Are quiet and meaningless.”
    • “Shape without form, shade without colour, /Paralysed force, gesture without motion.”
    • “We grope together/And avoid speech.”
    • “This is the dead land/This is cactus land.”(T.S.Eliot: “The Hollow Men”).
    • “There will be time, […] To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”
    • “And time yet for a hundred indecisions, /And for a hundred visions and revisions.”
    • “And indeed there will be time/To wonder, “Do I dare?” and “Do I dare?”.”
    • “And in short, I was afraid.”
    • “It is impossible to say just what I mean!”(T.S.Eliot: “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock).
    • “We live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces.”(Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Bein’ Earnest).
    • “We should treat all the trivial things of life very seriously, and all the serious things with sincere and studied triviality.”(By Oscar Wilde).
    • “Divorces are made in heaven.”(O.Wilde: The Importance of Bein’ Earnest).
    • “It’s of awfully hard work doing nothing.”(O.Wilde: The Importance…).
    • “The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man.”(O.Wilde: The Importance…).

    Reverie and Solitude:
    • “Life consists of propositions about life. The human/Reverie is a solitude in which/We compose these propositions.”(W.Stevens: “Men Made Out of Words”).
    • “I have been happy, though in a dream. /I have been happy _and I love the theme:/Dreams! In their vivid colouring of life.” (E.A.Poe: “Dreams”).
    • It “brings/To the delirious eye, more lovely things/Of Paradise and love.”(Edgar Allan Poe: “Dreams”).

    • “There is no Frigate like a book/To take us lands away/Nor any coursers like a page/Of prancing poetry.”
    • “How frugal is the Chariot/That bears the human soul.”
    • “A book or an idea has opened vistas for [students of mine].”(A.Bloom).
    • “There are an infinite number of starting places to begin one’s quest for the truth […], a book or an idea that serves as an intellectual launching pad.”(A.Bloom).
    • “If you touch the heart with one book, it can transform a life.”(By the political philosopher: Alan Bloom).

    • “Heavy smokers and drinkers run a fifteen-time greater risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat than non-smokers and non-drinkers.”(From an article).

    • “Wealth serves “to belittle his own work”.”(By the critic Cioran).
    • In his novels Our Mutual Friend and Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens represents money as a disease and a false god.

    • “Wilkins gives studies that have reported a relationship between increased watching and decreased learning, between violence on T.V and aggressive behaviour.”(Adopted from TIME magazine October 11, 1982).
    • “The danger of T.V lies not so much in the behaviour it produces as in the behaviour it prevents.”(A famous psychologist).
    • “Television connects viewers to nothing except the idea of being connected to something.”(T.V critic: Michael Arlen).

    Proverbs and Saying:
    • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. (Truth always involves an ideology; it is complex).
    • Idleness is the mother of all vices.
    • Easy come, easy go.
    • A drowning man will clutch at a straw.
    • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
    • A word to the wise is enough.
    • After a storm comes calm.
    • All is well that ends well.
    • Birds of feather flock together.
    • By the little is known the much.
    • Charity begins at home.
    • Envy never enriches any man.
    • Forbidden fruit is sweetest.
    • Four eyes see better than two.
    • The sooner, the better.
    • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
    • Ill gotten thrives not.
    • He made a mountain out of a molehill.
    • It is no use crying over spilt milk.
    • Like father, like son.
    • Long absent, soon forgotten.
    • Necessity has no law.
    • Necessity is the mother of invention.
    • Old habits dye hard.
    • Once bitten, twice shy.
    • One conversation leads to an other.
    • Poverty has no sin.
    • Still waters run deep.
    • Strike while the iron is hot.
    • The end justifies the means.
    • To add fuel to fire.
    • Union is strength.
    • Physician, heal yourself.
    • The face is the index of the heart.
    • Misfortunes never come single.
    • Much ado about nothing.

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