Life makes no absolute statement. It is all Call and Answer.D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence: 1923 Kangaroo, ch.10.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.Erica ne e Mann Jong: 1977 How To SaveYour Own Life.
I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better Knowledge, sent to where I met him, down the Lachlan, years ago. He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him, Just 'on spec', addressed as follows: 'Clancy, of the Overflow'. And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected, (And I think the same was written with a thumbnail dipped in tar) 'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it: 'Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are.'Banjo (Andrew Barton) Paterson: 1895 'Clancy of the Overflow', first published in the Bulletin, collected in The Man from Snowy River and OtherVerses (1895).
I can answer for but three things: a firm belief in the justice of ourcause, close attention in the prosecution of it, and the strictest integrity.BookerTaliaferro Washington: 1775 On being elected Commander of the Unionist Army,19 Jun.
Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.Russell, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl: 1912 The Problems of Philosophy, ch.1.
'Mary, what made you do it?' She looked him honestly inthe faceand gavetheanswer that became famous in Deptford: 'He was very civil, 'Masa. And he wanted it so badly.'Robertson Davies: 1970 Mrs. Dempster explains to her parson husband why she had sex with a tramp. Fifth Business, pt.1, ch.10.
The poet is the unsatisfied child who dares to ask the difficult question which arises from the schoolmaster's answer to his simple question, and then the still more difficult question which arises from that.Robert von Ranke Graves: Recalled on his death,7 Dec1985.
The Answer to the Great Question OfLife, the Universe and EverythingIsForty-two.Douglas Noe« l Adams: 1979 The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ch.27.
[Gladstone] spent his declining years trying to guess the answer to the Irish Question.Unfortunately, whenever he was getting warm, the Irish secretly changed the question.J(ulian): 19301066 and AllThat.
And I replied unto all these things which encompass the door of my flesh,'Ye have told me of my god, that ye are not he: tell me something of him'. And theycried all with a great voice,'He made us'.Myquestioning themwasmy mind's desire, and their Beauty was their answer.Robert Seymour Bridges: 1916 The Spirit of Man: The Confessions of St Augustine.
Dinna be chappit back or cast down wi' the first rough answer.Sir Walter Scott: 1818 Jeanie Deans to the Duke of Argyle.TheHeart of Midlothian, ch.35.
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves.So« ren Aabye Kierkegaard: 1837 Journal entry (translated by Alexander Dru,1938).
If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of humanreasonfor then we would know the mind of God.StephenWilliam Hawking: 1988 Referring to the question of why we and the universe exist. A Brief History of Time, ch.11.
Winds of the World, give answer! Theyare whimpering to and fro And what should they know of England who only England know? The poor little street-bred people that vapour and fume and brag.(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling: 1891 'The English Flag'.
Let yourspeech be alway withgrace, seasoned withsalt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.Bible (NewTestament): Colossians 4:6.
Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren't. They weren't even one of the questions.Julian Patrick Barnes: 1986 Staring At The Sun, pt.2.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.Charles Caleb Colton: 1820 Lacon, vol.1, no.322.
If you think somebody is telling a big lie about you, the only way to answer is with the whole truth.harry s. truman: 1950 On SenatorJoseph R McCarthy. Quoted inJohn Hersey Aspects of the Presidency (1980).
If you try to give an on-the-one-hand-or-the-other- hand answer, only one of the hands tends to get quoted.Alan Blinder: 1995 On economic forecasting. In the Wall Street Journal, 23 Jun.
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. 154jacob bronowski: 1973 The Ascent of Man, ch.4.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans: 1625 Essays, no.1,'Of Truth'.
How culpable was he That last night when he broke Our tribe's complicity? 'Now you're supposed to be An educated man,' I hear him say.'Puzzle me The right answer to that one.'SeamusJustin Heaney: 1979 Field Work,'Casualty'. On a man killedbreaking the curfew.
Sometimes you have to learn how to give the right answer to the wrong question.Warren Minor Christopher: 1994 On Syrian President Hafez Assad's complaint that he had been put off by a hostile question in a news conference shared with President Clinton. In US News and World Report,19 Dec.
:Tu n'es que la re ponse la plus courte qu'on puisse faire aux questions des hommes. : En sais-tu de meilleur? : Oui. Le mot rien est aussi court que le mot Dieu. :You are only the shortest possible answer to all the questions of men. : Do you know a better one? :Yes, theword no isjust asshort astheword God.Crayencour: ARIANEDIEUARIANEARIADNEGOD (BACCHUS)ARIADNE1963 Qui n'a pas son Minotaure?, pt.9.
Straightway I was 'ware So weeping, how a mystic shape did move Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair And a voice said in mastery while I strove 'Guess now who holds thee!''Death', I said, but there The silver answer rang 'Not Death, but Love.'Elizabeth ne e Barrett Browning: 1850 Poems,'Sonnets from the Portuguese', sonnet1.