A Quote by Anthony Dymoke Powell on biography, circumstances, inventions, novelty, and people

.People think that because a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that.

Anthony Dymoke Powell (1905 - 2000)

Source: A Dance to the Music of Time: Hearing Secret Harmonies, Ch. 3.

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on circumstances, hope, and energy

There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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A Quote by Amy Tan on america and circumstances

In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.

Amy Tan

Source: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (Putnam)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on circumstances, evolution, imperfection, and vices

DIGESTION, n. The conversion of victuals into virtues. When the process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead - a circumstance from which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Allan Massie on action, circumstances, and responsibility

We are responsible for actions performed in response to circumstances for which we are not responsible.

Allan Massie (1938 -)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on circumstances, life, possibility, and purpose

Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on circumstances

[In many circumstances,] the most important thing about a proposition is not that it be true, but that it be interesting.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

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A Quote by Alfred North Whitehead on assumptions, change, circumstances, and impossibility

"One and one make two" assumes that the changes in the shift of circumstance are unimportant. But it is impossible for us to analyze this notion of unimportant change.

Alfred Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Source: W.H. Auden and L. Kronenberger The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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A Quote by Alexander Hamilton on army, body, circumstances, citizenship, discipline, government, inferiority, people, and time

. . . if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens.

Alexander Hamilton (c.1756 - 1804)

Source: The Federalist No. 29, 1788

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on circumstances, freedom, nonsense, and spirituality

Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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