Away with systems! Away with a corrupt world! Let us breathe the air of the Enchanted island.Golden lie the meadows; golden run the streams; red gold is on the pine-stems. The sun's coming down to earth, and walks the fields and the waters. The sun is coming down to earth, and the fields and the waters shout to him golden shouts.George Meredith: 1859 The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, ch.19.
Theactionoftheplay takesplace onanisland intheWest Indies as not yet self-determined by White Mariners. The form of native government is, for the time being, an Empire.Eugene Gladstone O'Neill: 1920 The Emperor Jones, scene direction.
In a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, At the sea-down's edge between windward and lee, Walled round with rocks as an inland island, The ghost of a garden fronts the sea.algernon charles swinburne: 1878 Poems and Ballads (2nd edn),'A Forsaken Garden'.
If it was ever intended that I should go across salt water, doyou suppose Providence would have cast my lot inan island?charles dickens: 1859 Miss Pross. A Tale of Two Cities, bk.1, ch.4.
We shall not flag or fail.We shall go on to the end.We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island whatever the cost may be.We shall fight on the beaches, weshall fight onthelanding grounds, weshall fight inthe fields and in thestreets, we shall fight inthehills.We shall never surrender.Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill: 1940 Speech in the House of Commons,4 Jun, after the Dunkirk evacuation.
And little Revengeherself went down by the island crags To be lost evermore in the main.Tennyson: 1878 'The Revenge', stanza14, l.118-19.
Jeder Engl a« nder ist eine Insel. Every Englishman is an island.Novalis pseudonym of Friedrich von Hardenberg: 1802 Schriften, II, Fragmente.
Here is the heart of our island: the Chilterns, the North Downs, the South Downs radiate hence. The fibres of England unite in Wiltshire, and did we condescend to worship her, here should we erect our national shrine.E(dward) M(organ) Forster: 1907 The Longest Journey, ch.13.
This island rock in space turns flowering endlessly To peaks of cloud still mounting where you took Your last high passage and your faltering luck.Cicero full name MarcusTullius Cicero: 1947 'Elegy for Kurt Porjescz, Missing in Action,1 April,1945'.
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.Quoted by Donald Grant in The Globe and Mail, 8 Nov1986.
From the lone shieling of the misty island Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland, And we in dreams behold the Hebrides! Fair these broad meads, these hoary woods are grand; But we are exiles from our fathers' land.john galt: 1829 'Canadian Boat Song', a translation from the Gaelic attributed to Galt, published in Blackwood's Magazine, Sep. It has also been attributed to Walter Scott.
Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mist of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.Thatcher, Margaret HildaThatcher, Baroness: 1979 General election campaign speech, Bolton, 2 May.
Just seehow well shegoverns! She is onlya woman, only the mistress of half an island, and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by France, by the Empire, byall!1588 Of Elizabeth I. Quoted in L von Pastor The History of the Popes (edited by Kerr R F,1932), vol.22, p.34.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.john donne: 1624 Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation no.17.
And as the moon rose higher the unessential houses begantomelt awayuntilgradually Ibecameaware ofthe old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyesa fresh, green breast of the new world For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.F(rancis) Scott Key Fitzgerald: 1925 The Great Gatsby, ch.9.
Possibly the symbol for America is the Frontier The corresponding symbol for England is the Island The central symbol for Canadais undoubtedly Survival, la Survivance.1972 Survival: a Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, ch.1, 'Survival'.
Your daughters, I hope, will be married to Americans, and not in this dirty, despicable little island.Walpole, Horace, 4th Earl of Orford: 1777 Letter to Lady Ossory,11 Dec. InW S Lewis (ed) Selected Letters of HoraceWalpole (1973).
I remember when our whole island was shaken with an earthquake some years ago, there was an impudent mountebank who sold pills which (as he told the country people) were very good against an earthquake.joseph addison: 1710 In The Tatler, no.240, 21 Oct.
Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for a man's footprint.Sir (Henry) Max(imilian) Beerbohm: 1911Zuleika Dobson, ch.2.
I was born in Staten Island, New York. But I call my hometown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because that's basically where I ended up from age eight on. But right after Staten Island... I've lived everywhere from Texas, to Japan for three years, to New Jersey. I'm this traveling girl. My father was in the Army, so I guess I'm an Army brat.christina aguilera: A Christina Aguilera interview to MTV - Compiled by Stephanie McGrath (1999)
The savage, rocky shores of Christmas Island, 200 miles south of Java, in the Indian Ocean. It's November, the moon is in its third quarter, and the sun is just setting. And in a few hours from now, on this very shore, a thousand million lives will be launched.david attenborough: Opening words
In a world of voluble hates, he plotted to make men like, or at least tolerate, one another. Therein he had much success, within the shores of this island. He remains the most human and lovable of all the Prime Ministers.stanley baldwin: G. M. Trevelyan
The university, in a society ruled by public opinion, was to have been an island of intellectual freedom where all views were investigated without restriction. … But by consenting to play an active or “positive,” a participatory role in society, the university has become inundated and saturated with the backflow of society’s “problems.” Preoccupied with questions of Health, Sex, Race, War, academics make their reputations and their fortunes. … Any proposed reforms of liberal education which might bring the university into conflict with the whole of the U.S.A. are unthinkable. Increasingly, the people “inside” are identical in their appetites and motives with the people “outside” the university.Saul Bellow: p. 18 (Introduction to The Closing of the American Mind (1988))
This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.Aneurin Bevan: Daily Herald, 25 May 1945
Ernest Bevin had many of the strongest characteristics of the English race. His manliness, his common sense, his rough simplicity, sturdiness and kind heart, easy geniality and generosity, all are qualities which we who live in the southern part of this famous island regard with admiration.Ernest Bevin: "Sir W. Churchill on 'a great Englishman'", The Times, 5 November 1953, p. 5