I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience: it also marks the time, which is four o'clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere. 788Richard Brinsley Sheridan: 1779 Mr Puff, of his tragedy 'The Spanish Armada'.The Critic, act 2, sc.2.
Economics is the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between scarce resources and ends which have alternative uses It does not attempt to pick out certain kinds of behaviour, but focusesattentionona particular aspect of behaviour, the form imposed by the influence of scarcity.1932 An Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science, p.16-17.
You learn to love by lovingby paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.Aldous Leonard Huxley: 1944 Time Must Have a Stop.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract ourattention from serious things. Theyare but improved means to an unimproved end.Henry David Thoreau: 1854 Walden, or Life in theWoods,'Economy'.
It is to what I have called the Apes of God that I am drawing your attentionthose prosperous mountebanks who alternately imitate and mock at and traduce those figures they at once admire and hate.Jose Lezama Lima: 1930 The Apes of God, pt.3.
I think my grandmother actually smelled like a cookie and that's enough to get any child's attention.Quoted by Phyllis Hanes in Christian Science Monitor,15 Jun 1988.
Let us fix our attention out of ourselves as much as possible; let us chase our imagination to the heavens, or to the utmost limits of the universe; we never really advance a step beyond ourselves, nor can conceive any kind of existence, but those perceptions, which have appeared in that narrow compass.David Hume: 1739 A Treatise of Human Nature, bk.1, pt.2, section 6.
Being a husband isawhole-timejob.That iswhysomany husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it.(Enoch) Arnold Bennett: 1918 The Title, act1.
I had often wondered why young women should marry, as they have so much more freedom, and so much more attention paid to them while unmarried, than when married.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1776 Remark, 25 Mar. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them. 804Susan Sontag: 1992 In Time Out,19 Aug.
His socks compelled one's attention without losing one's respect.Saki pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro: 1911The Chronicles of Clovis,'Ministers of Grace'.
The naturalist in England, in his walks, enjoys a great advantage over others in frequently meeting with something worthy of attention; here he suffers a pleasant nuisance in not being able to walk a hundred yards without being fairly tied to the spot by some new and wondrous creature.Charles Robert Darwin: 1832 In Brazil. Journey of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited duringthe Voyage of HMS 'Beagle' Round the World (published1839).
A democracy must remain at home in all matters that affect the nature of her institutions. Theyare of a nature to call for the undivided attention and devotion of the entire nation.We do not want the racial antipathies or national antagonisms of the Old World transformed to this continentas they will, should we becomea part of European politics. The people of this country are overwhelmingly for a policy of neutrality.1936 Radio broadcast, 22 Feb.
In the many years in which he had toiled to bring civilization to different parts of Africa he had learned a number of things. One of them was that a District Commissioner must never attend to such undignified details as cutting a hanged man from the tree. Such attention would give the natives a poor opinion of him. In the book which he planned to write he would stress that point. [...] One could almost write a whole chapter on him. Perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph, at any rate.chinua achebe: Chapter 25 (p. 191)
I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And by the way, in the the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute, but such of you as wish to be happy willingly give up the harsh title of Master for the more tender and endearing one of Friend. Why, then, not put it out of the power of the vicious and the Lawless to use us with cruelty and indignity with impunity? Men of Sense in all Ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex; regard us then as Beings placed by Providence under your protection, and in imitation of the Supreme Being make use of that power only for our happiness.Abigail Adams: Letter to John Adams (31 March 1776), published in Familiar Letters of John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams (1875) edited by Charles Francis Adams, p. 147.
Tis impossible to judge with much Præcision of the true Motives and Qualities of human Actions, or of the Propriety of Rules contrived to govern them, without considering with like Attention, all the Passions, Appetites, Affections in Nature from which they flow. An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected.john adams: Letter to Jonathan Sewall (October 1759)
A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition.john adams: (14 November 1760)
I've noticed that there is not necessarily a great relationship between what the majority of critics have to say and what is actually true. Some of them are so busy trying to mold the public taste according to the limits of their perceptions, and others are so busy reflecting what they consider to be the public taste — that view limited again by their perception. You find very few critics who approach their job with a combination of information and enthusiasm and humility that makes for a good critic. But there is nothing wrong with critics as long as people don't pay any attention to them. I mean, nobody wants to put them out of a job and a good critic is not necessarily a dead critic. It's just that people take what a critic says as a fact rather than an opinion, and you have to know whether the opinion of the critic is informed or uninformed, intelligent of stupid — but most people don't take the trouble.edward albee: "Edward Albee : An Interview", in Edward Albee : Planned Wilderness (1980) edited by Patricia De La Fuente, p. 8
I have been both overpraised and underpraised. I assume by the time I finish writing — and I plan to go on writing until I'm 90 or gaga — it will all equal itself out... You can't involve yourself with the vicissitudes of fashion or critical response. I'm fairly confident that my work is going to be around for a while. I am pleased and reassured by the fact that a lot of younger playwrights seem to pay me some attention and gain some nourishment from what I do.edward albee: As quoted in Conversations with Edward Albee (1988) by Philip C. Kolin, p. 176
Nobody who has paid any attention to the peculiar features of our present era will doubt for a moment that we are living at a period of most wonderful transition which tends rapidly to the accomplishment that great end to which, indeed, all history points—the realization of the unity of mankind. ...The distances which separated the different nations and parts of the globe are rapidly vanishing before the achievements of modern invention, and we can traverse them with incredible ease; the languages of all nations are known, and their acquirement placed within the reach of everybody; thought is communicated with the rapidity and even by the power of lightning... The knowledge acquired becomes at once the property of all of the community at large... no sooner is a discovery or invention made, than it is already improved upon and surpassed by competing efforts: the products of all quarters of the globe are placed at our disposal, and we have only to choose which is the best and the cheapest for our purposes, and the powers of production are entrusted to the stimulus of competition and capital. ...Science discovers these laws of power, motion and transformation; industry applies them to raw matter which the earth yields us in abundance, but which becomes valuable only by knowledge.prince consort albert: Inaugural Address of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London (1851)
I'm a critic. I think the administration has really undermined America's power and reputation and that Iraq may go down in history as the greatest disaster in American foreign policy, which means that I think it's worse than Vietnam in its unintended consequences and for our reputation. This president, because his administration is imposing democracy, which is an oxymoron, has, I think, hurt the concept. It is not just that the administration has been unilateral but that it has been unidimensional. It has paid attention primarily to one part of the world, without enough attention being paid to other parts.madeleine albright: When asked what the George W. Bush administration's legacy in foreign affairs would be, interview with Thomas Omestad, U.S. News & World Report (January 2, 2008)
We all tend to be greedy end-gainers, paying no attention to our means whereby.Quoted in The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley (1942), p. 88
To whatever extent a person's knowledge increases, his attention will be turned more towards his soul.ali ibn abi talib: Husayn al-Nuri al-Tabarsi, Mustadrak al-Wasā'il, vol. 11, p. 323
In an age of spin, al-Sahaf offers feeling and authenticity. His message is consistent — unshakeable, in fact, no matter the evidence — but he commands daily attention by his on-the-spot, invective-rich variations on the theme. His lunatic counterfactual art is more appealing than the banal awfulness of the Reliable Sources. He is a Method actor in a production that will close in a couple of days. He stands superior to truth.muhammed saeed al-sahhaf: Jean-Pierre McGarrigle at
When I was younger I think I showed off and I fed off the attention. And to a certain degree that has been satiated in this job, just in doing what I do. I think it's enough that I don't need to then push it.gillian anderson: Grace Bradberry (October 21, 2000) "Playing with fire - Interview", The Times, p. Times Magazine 32.