— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Improvisatrice (1824), Roland's Tower
„Love is no true-made looking-glass
Which perfect yields the shape we bring;
It ugly shows us all that was,
And flatters every future thing.“
— Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke English politician 1554 - 1628
Caelica (1633), LXI.
„Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.“
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
The Green Helmet and Other Poems (1910), A Drinking Song http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1399/
„I’d love to know the future. Even if it’s just the past all dressed up to make whatever comes next look good.“
— Matthew Good Canadian singer-songwriter 1971
At Last There is Nothing Left to Say
„The show is much more emotional now. It's a journey, but it is still about clothes, too. It's been fascinating to see how looking good and having faith in your appearance makes you into a sexier person, which makes you attractive to your partner again. We come in as complete strangers and get to know them all extremely well. It was a privilege for Trinny and I to have these people feel they could open up to us. It was very humbling, too.“
— Susannah Constantine British fashion designer and journalist 1962
Regarding Trinny & Susannah Undress..., as quoted in Laid Bare The Daily Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/tm_objectid=17846372&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=laid-bare-name_page.html (30 September 2006)
„The apocalypse is finished, today it is the precession of the neutral, of forms of the neutral and of indifference. I will leave it to be considered whether there can be a romanticism, an aesthetic of the neutral therein. I don't think so — all that remains, is the fascination for desertlike and indifferent forms, for the very operation of the system that annihilates us. Now, fascination (in contrast to seduction, which was attached to appearances, and to dialectical reason, which was attached to meaning) is a nihilistic passion par excellence, it is the passion proper to the mode of disappearance. We are fascinated by all forms of disappearance, of our disappearance. Melancholic and fascinated, such is our general situation in an era of involuntary transparency.
I am a nihilist.
I observe, I accept, I assume the immense process of the destruction of appearances (and of the seduction of appearances) in the service of meaning (representation, history, criticism, etc.) that is the fundamental fact of the nineteenth century.“
— Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007
1980s, Simulacra and Simulation (1988), Ch. 18 : On Nihilism, translation by Sheila Faria Glaser.
„I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.“
— George Bird Evans American writer 1906 - 1998
Troubles with Bird Dogs (1975)
— Guillermo del Toro, The Monsters Of Hellboy II
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
„But do we know how to make love stay?'
I can't even think about it. The best I can do is play it day by day.“
— Tom Robbins, книга Still Life with Woodpecker
„Youth, large, lusty, loving—Youth, full of grace, force, fascination!
Do you know that Old Age may come after you, with equal grace, force, fascination?“
— Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Youth, Day, Old Age and Night