The Answer to the Great Question OfLife, the Universe and EverythingIsForty-two. Douglas Noe« l Adams
The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, ch.27.
What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon
Essays, no.1,'Of Truth'.
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
Staring At The Sun, pt.2.
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Bible (Old Testament)
Let yourspeech be alway withgrace, seasoned withsalt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Bible (NewTestament)
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
On economic forecasting. In the Wall Street Journal, 23 Jun.
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
The Spirit of Man: The Confessions of St Augustine.
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. 154 Jacob Bronowski
The Ascent of Man, ch.4.
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
Poems,'Sonnets from the Portuguese', sonnet1.
Vous savez ce qu'est le charme: une manie' re de s'entendre re pondre oui sans avoir pose aucune question claire. You know what charm is: a wayof getting theanswer yes without having asked any clear question. Albert Camus
La Chute (translated by Stuart Gilbert).
Sometimes you have to learn how to give the right answer to the wrong question. Warren Minor Christopher
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.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. Charles Caleb Colton
Lacon, vol.1, no.322.
'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
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.
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
Referring to the question of why we and the universe exist. A Brief History of Time, ch.11.
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
Field Work,'Casualty'. On a man killedbreaking the curfew.
Speak now, and I will answer; How shall I help you, say; Ere to the wind's twelve quarters I take my endless way. 415 A(lfred) E(dward) Housman
A Shropshire Lad, no.32.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. Erica ne e Mann Jong
How To SaveYour Own Life.
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
Journal entry (translated by Alexander Dru,1938).
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
'The English Flag'.
Life makes no absolute statement. It is all Call and Answer. D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence
Nasce da questo una disputa: s'egli e' meglio essere amato che temuto, o e' converso. Rispondesi che si vorebbe essere l'uno e l'altro; ma perche egli e' difficile accozzarli insieme, e' molto pi u' sicuro essere temuto che amato, quando si abbia a mancare dell'uno de'due. Thisleadstoa debate: isit better to be loved thanfeared, or the reverse? The answer is that it is desirable to be both, but because it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer fora prince to be feared than loved, if he isto fail in one of the two. Niccolo' di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
Il Principe, ch.8 (translated by Alan Gilbert).
Si on me presse de dire pourquoy je l'aymois, je sens que cela ne se peut exprimer, qu'en respondant: 'Parce que c'estoit luy; par ce que c'estoit moy.' If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Essais, bk.1, ch.28 (translated by Charles Cotton).
It seems to me if they ain't got you one way they got you another. So what's the answer? That's what I keep asking myself.What's it all about? Know what I mean? Bill Naughton
Line delivered by Michael Caine in Alfie.
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
'Clancy of the Overflow', first published in the Bulletin, collected in The Man from Snowy River and OtherVerses (1895).
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. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
The Problems of Philosophy, ch.1.
Dinna be chappit back or cast down wi' the first rough answer. Sir Walter Scott
Jeanie Deans to the Duke of Argyle.TheHeart of Midlothian, ch.35.
[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)
1066 and AllThat.
Just before she died she asked,'What is the answer?' No answer came. She laughed and said,'In that case what is the question?' Then she died. Gertrude Stein
Last words, as quoted in D Sutherland GertrudeStein (1951), ch.6.
My uncleToby would never offer to answer this byany other kind of argument, than that of whistling half a dozen bars of Lillabullero. Laurence Sterne
^67 Tristram Shandy, bk.1, ch.21.
Is that your final answer? Chris Tarrant
Catchphrase on the television show WhoWantsTo BeA Millionaire?.
Ask me no more: what answer should I give? I love not hollow cheek or faded eye: Yet,O my friend, I will not have thee die! Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live. Tennyson
The Princess, pt.7, added song, stanza 2.
If you think somebody is telling a big lie about you, the only way to answer is with the whole truth. Harry S Truman
On SenatorJoseph R McCarthy. Quoted inJohn Hersey Aspects of the Presidency (1980).
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
On being elected Commander of the Unionist Army,19 Jun.
: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. CrayencourSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ARIANEDIEUARIANEARIADNEGOD (BACCHUS)ARIADNE1963 Qui n'a pas son Minotaure?, pt.9.
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