This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot: 1925 'The Hollow Men', closing lines.
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, Strong and content I travel the open road.Walt(er) Whitman: 1856 Leaves of Grass,'Song of the Open Road', section1.
I, for one, will be convinced that the Canada we know and love will be gone forever. But, then, Thucydides wrote that Themistocles' greatness lay in the fact that he realized Athens was not immortal. I think we have to realize that Canada is not immortal; but, if it is going to go, let it go with a bang rather than a whimper.pierre trudeau: Testifying before the Canadian Senate in opposition to the Meech Lake Accord (1988-03-30)
Braying of arrogant brass, whimper of querulous reeds.william watson: Hymn to the Sea, Part iii, 8, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
A male student makes vulgar remarks about your breasts? Don't slink off to whimper with the campus shrinking violets. Deal with it. On the spot. Say, "Shut up, you jerk! And crawl back to the barnyard where you belong!" In general, women who project this take-charge attitude towards life get harassed less often. I see too many dopey, immature, self-pitying young women walking around like melting sticks of butter.camille paglia: p. 53 (Rape and Modern Sex War)