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I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself. ...
by Georg Brandes

I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself.
- Georg Brandes

I was at home then in the world of figures,
but not in that of values.
- Georg Brandes

Birth was something that came quite unexpectedly,
and afterwards there was one child more in the house.
- Georg Brandes

Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
- Georg Brandes

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On the whole, the world was friendly.
It chiefly depended on whether one were good or not.
- Georg Brandes

It gradually dawned upon me that there was no one more
difficult to please than my mother.
- Georg Brandes

I was always hearing that I was pale and thin and small.
- Georg Brandes


 

But my doubt would not be overcome.
Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness
of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness.
For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes

I was not given to looking at life in a rosy light.
- Georg Brandes

The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest.
It was impossible to have boxes enough of them.
- Georg Brandes

I was a town child, it is true, but that did not prevent
me enjoying open-air life,
with plants and animals.
- Georg Brandes

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong
glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence,
whose votary I was destined to be for life -
namely,
Beauty.
- Georg Brandes

It was jolly in the country.
A cow and little pigs to play with and milk warm from the cow.
- Georg Brandes

A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised
the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow,
and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
- Georg Brandes

I was not afraid of what I did not like.
To overcome dislike of a thing often satisfied one's feeling of honour.
- Georg Brandes

But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies
until I approached my nineteenth year.
- Georg Brandes

School is a foretaste of life.
- Georg Brandes

I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits,
from frankness to reserve, from goodness,
uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.
- Georg Brandes

Being gifted needs courage.
- Georg Brandes

He who does not understand a joke, he does not understand Danish.
- Georg Brandes

The stream of time sweeps away errors,
and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity.
- Georg Brandes

I came into the world two months too soon,
I was in such a hurry.
- Georg Brandes

That a literature in our time is living is shown in
that way that it debates problems.
- Georg Brandes

Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets
compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types.
- Georg Brandes

When I was a little boy I did not, of course,
trouble much about my appearance.
- Georg Brandes

The Danish glee: the national version of cheerfulness.
- Georg Brandes

I became an ardent, but never a specially good,
dancer.
- Georg Brandes

I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time,
scarcely for an hour.
- Georg Brandes

The person upon whom the schoolboys' attention centred was,
of course, the Headmaster.
- Georg Brandes

Any feeling that I was enriching my mind from those
surrounding me was unfortunately rare with me.
- Georg Brandes

My first experiences of academic friendship made me
smile in after years when I looked back on them.
But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown
so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
- Georg Brandes

Six hours a day I lived under school discipline in
active intercourse with people none of whom were known to those at home,
and the other hours of the twenty-four I spent at home,
or with relatives of the people at home,
none of whom were known to anybody at school.
- Georg Brandes

My father, though, could run very much faster.
It was impossible to compete with him on the grass.
But it was astonishing how slow old people were.
Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs.
- Georg Brandes

Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior,
I had good use in real life for more strength,
as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse,
but instead had myself to protect my brother,
two years my junior.
- Georg Brandes

The concept of two people living together for 25 years
without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit
only to be admired in sheep.
- A. P. Herbert

The answer to old age is to keep one's mind busy and
to go on with one's life as if it were interminable.
I always admired Chekhov for building a new house when
he was dying of tuberculosis.
- Leon Edel

As much as I liked and admired the various members of the Kennedy family,
my first loyalty was to Jackie.
- Pierre Salinger

Hill Street Blues gave me an opportunity to work with
an ensemble cast of people whose work I admired.
- Steven Bochco

The modest person is usually admired,
if people ever hear of them.
- Edgar Watson Howe

The conception of two people living together for twenty-five
years without having a cross word suggests a lack of
spirit only to be admired in sheep.
- Alan Patrick Herbert

I have always admired the work of Phil Farmer and was
glad for the chance to work with him.
Readers today may be too young to remember his classics like The Lovers.
- Piers Anthony

I had admired Richard Burton for years and years before
I had ever worked with him.
He was a great, great actor.
It was a joy to get to know him as a person.
- Gale Gordon

The person I have admired the most in comedy terms would be Eric Morecambe,
who is my total hero.
- Dawn French

I suppose when I started out I would have liked to
have been the darling of critics or something,
but everybody wants to be loved and admired.
- John Milius

I've always admired President Chavez for standing up
to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.
- Cindy Sheehan

He who goes unenvied shall not be admired.
- Aeschylus

A desire to be observed, considered,
esteemed,
praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one
of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions
discovered in the heart of man.
- John Adams

Celerity is never more admired than by the negligent.
- Cleopatra

Directors and producers were afraid of a Dumont actor
while at the same time they admired him.
- Leon Askin

I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that
he managed to beat the system somehow.
I think he kind of had it all figured out.
- Joel Coen

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a
man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Some guys are admired for coming to play,
as the saying goes.
I prefer those who come to kill.
- Leo Durocher

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
- Jean Cocteau

There is something about poetry beyond prose logic,
there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.
- Edward Young

Now that I am much older, I have had a number of sax
players tell me I was responsible for them playing sax.
Some of them I have admired over the years.
- Clarence Clemons

I admired what my students were writing,
but I think their improvement doesn't directly result
from me but from being in a class,
being with each other.
- Thom Gunn

In a spiritually sensitive culture, then,
it might well be that age is something to be admired or envied.
- Rowan D. Williams

I was reading a lot of books I admired,
and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
- Naguib Mahfouz

When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

Few men have been admired of their familiars.
- Michel de Montaigne

I got to sit down with people who I admired,
and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers
and artists and performers.
It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
- James Daly

No two people take on the information of being admirable
and being admired in the same way.
- Jock Sturges

Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of
government unfounded in nature,
are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have
been assessed too high and collected too rigidly.
- Henry Knox

The actors I would like to work with are Julia Roberts,
just because I've admired her work for a long time,
well Brad Pitt.
I think you know my reasons.
- Christina Milian

Callousness and insolence bring to bare unanimous social condemnation,
while the simple efforts of politeness are admired;
even in those who are otherwise despised.
- Bryant H. McGill

Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired.
He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed.
- Hugh Leonard

Egotism is not a good quality.
It's not something to be admired or even tolerated.
It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it
shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.
- John Milius

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

The good things of prosperity are to be wished;
but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I've studied a lot of great people over the years -
Pete Seeger,
James Brown - and tried to incorporate elements that I've admired,
though I can't say I dance like James.
- John Fogerty

I always admired virtue - but I could never imitate it.
- Charles II


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