Anybody who has ever owned a dog who barked when strangers came near its owner's property has experienced the essential continuity between animal territoriality and human property. Our domesticated cousins of the wolf are instinctively smarter about this than a good many human political theorists.
By foreign hands thy dying eyes were closed, By foreign hands thy decent limbs composed, By foreign hands thy humble grave adorned, By strangers honoured, and by strangers mourned.Alexander Pope
Urban people, of course, are terribly scared nowadays. They may yearn for society, but it is risky to go around talking to strangers, for a lot of reasons, one being that people are so accustomed not to have many human contacts that they are afraid they may find out they really prefer life that way.russell baker
Shells used to come bursting on my bed at midnight, even though Nancy shared it with me; strangers in daytime would assume the faces of friends who had been killed... I could not use a telephone, I felt sick every time I travelled by train, and to see more than two new people in a single day prevented me from sleeping.robert graves
As always, Canada will now bury its war dead, just as the rest of the world, as always, will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance.
Men in great fortunes are strangers to themselves.Francis Bacon
Conversation is never easy for the British, who are never keen to express themselves to strangers or, for that matter, anyone, even themselves.
I can’t quite define my aversion to asking questions of strangers. From snatches of family battles which I have heard drifting up from railway stations and street corners, I gather that there are a great many men who share my dislike for it, as well as an equal number of women who ... believe it to be the solution to most of this world’s problems.robert benchley
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.willa cather
One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.jean cocteau
May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.themistocles
The episode in Sodom is undoubtedly the earliest account in human history of the entrapment of homosexuals, a strategy widely practiced by the law enforcement agencies of modern Western countries, especially those of the United States. In effect, the men of Sodom were entrapped by two strangers, who in truth were not travelers but angels, that is to say, God’s plain-clothesmen. These agents of the Biblical vice-squad wasted no time punishing the offenders.thomas szasz
I am the kind of person that wants to get up in front of crowds of strangers and perform monologues. To each their own.
Encounters between strangers in the desert, while rare, were occasions of mutual suspicion , and masked by initial preparations on both sides for an incident that might prove either cordial or warlike.
As I look around at these strangers in town, I guess the only stranger is me. As I see what they've done to this place that I love, shame is all that I feel.jeff lynne
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.paul of tarsus
May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.
Anything is possible on a train : a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night's sleep , and strangers' monologues framed like Russian short stories.
The Closest of strangers.