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from Isabella and Rod
from Isabella and Rod
"But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident ...of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort."E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS Titanic
"Sometimes long before the wall existed I wished I was dead, so that I could finally cast off my burden. I always kept quiet about this weary load; a man wouldn't have understood, and the women felt exactly the same way as I did. And so we preferred to chat about clothes, friends and the theatre, keeping our secret, consuming worry in our eyesEach of us knew about it, and that's why we never discussed it. That was the price we paid for our ability to love."
from Walter Kaufman - preface to 'I and You'"We must learn to feel addressed by a book, by the human being behind it, as if a person spoke directly to us. A good book or essay or poem is not primarily an object to be put to use, or an object of experience: it is the voice of You speaking to me, requiring a response."
“Yet I could see he was very - ill at ease, in his mind, he no longer concentrated on ideas, thought, arguments, with the same dedication.”
“My mind passes over the familiar ground of my prejudices, so much of thought is repetition, is dullness, is sameness.”
"'I'm supposed to turn you over to Captain Williams,' he told Wicker, who had read in the Times about Captain Henry F. Williams of Troop A, New York State Police, Captain Williams who had been put in tactical command of all police forces at Attica, looked to Wicker like a man who would be quite willing to issue an order to attack - not that he was military in appearance. His short sleeved white shirt was stretched tight across a sizeable paunch, he was wearing dark glasses, and - unlike most of the men in the lobby - was carrying no visible weapons. But to Tom Wicker, Captain Williams looked like a tough man indeed - there was a lot of muscle in that paunch and under the jowls a bull neck that appeared unyielding. His hair was cropped into an unfashionable crew-cut and his narrow black knit tie had an air about it of woe to hippies." from 'A Time To Die' p. 53