Distance quotes

  • How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Relationship #Goodbye #Distance

  • Sarah took a deep breath and set off along the passageway again. A clump of lichen on the gatepost opened its eyes and watched her go. The eyes, on tendrils, had an anxious look, and when she had gone some distance away the clump, swiveling its eyes toward each other, commenced to gossip among itself. Most of it disapproved of the direction she had taken. You could tell that from the way the eyes looked meaningfully into each other. Lichen knows about directions.
    -- A.C.H. Smith

    #Distance #Taken #Eye

  • There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.
    -- Aaron Copland

    #Music #Distance #Way

  • Letters, from absent friends, extinguish fear, Unite division, and draw distance near; Their magic force each silent wish conveys, And wafts embodied though, a thousand ways: Could souls to bodies write, death's pow'r were mean, For minds could then meet minds with heav'n between.
    -- Aaron Hill

    #Distance #Mean #Writing

  • But Ash, I can't continue to want you from a distance. To love you and not have you. I'd end up in jail if anyone tried to touch you and God forbid you tried to date someone.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Distance #Love You #Jail

  • Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world...enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Art #Distance #Writing

  • If you've never stared off in the distance, then your life is a shame.
    -- Adam Duritz

    #Distance #Life Is #Shame

  • The French believe that all errors are distant, someone else's fault. Americans believe that there is no distance, no difference, and therefore that there are no errors, that any troubles are simple misunderstandings, consequent on your not yet having spoken English loudly enough.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Distance #Believe #Simple

  • Typography must be as beautiful as a forest, not like the concrete jungle of the tenements It gives distance between the trees, the room to breathe and allow for life.
    -- Adrian Frutiger

    #Beautiful #Distance #Giving

  • It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
    -- Aesop

    #Courage #Distance #Army

  • The greatest distance in the world is the 14 inches from our minds to our hearts.
    -- Agnes Baker Pilgrim

    #Distance #Heart #Mind

  • When dawn comes, that memory gradually distances...Tonight, I will bring it to sleep with me, so that will not be taken away by the waves of the night...
    -- Ai Yazawa

    #Memories #Distance #Taken

  • Finally he closed the distance between us and kissed me - a sweet, gentle kiss that held within it every single one of the thousand days I'd loved him as my everything, long after I'd begun to love him as a friend.
    -- Aimee Carter

    #Love #Sweet #Distance

  • The ambitious will always be first in the crowd; he presseth forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance
    -- Akhenaton

    #Distance #Joy #Mind

  • Curiosity might be pictured as being made up of chains of small questions extending outwards, sometimes over huge distances, from a central hub composed of a few blunt, large questions.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Distance #Curiosity #Might

  • We might have been ready to offer sympathy, but in actuality there were stronger reasons to want to congratulate her for having found such a powerful motive to feel sad. We should have envied her for having located someone without whom she so firmly felt she could not survive, beyond the gate let along in a bare student bedroom in a suburb of Rio. If she had been able to view her situation from a sufficient distance, she might have been able to recognise this as one of the high points in her life.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Powerful #Distance #Views

  • Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually taking part fully with the reality we do have, and that creates suffering. For me, the thing that I love is that it's all about the present moment.
    -- Alan Ball

    #Distance #Reality #Love Is

  • [talking about the Holocaust] 'But to put something in context is a step towards saying it can be understood and that it can be explained. And if it can be explained that it can be explained away.' 'But this is History. Distance yourselves. Our perspective on the past alters. Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don't see it, and because we don't see it this means that there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian's jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be... even on the Holocaust.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Jobs #Distance #Mean

  • the long-distance run of an early morning makes me think that every run like this is a life- a little life, I know- but a life as full of misery and happiness and things happening as you can ever get really around yourself
    -- Alan Sillitoe

    #Running #Morning #Distance

  • We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Travel #Distance #Needs

  • In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion; in order to serve others better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time. But where can one find the solitude necessary to vigor, the deep breath in which the mind collects itself and courage gauges its strength? There remain big cities.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Order #Cities

  • To understand one's world, one must sometimes turn away from it! To serve better, one must briefly hold it at a distance. Where can the necessary solitude be found, the long breathing space in which mind gathers its strength and takes stock of its courage.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Breathing #Space

  • [Liberty] is a choreand a long-distance race, quite solitary, quite exhausting.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Race #Long

  • I am too far away from what I love and my distance is without remedy.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Far Away #Alienation

  • But too many people now climb onto the cross merely to be seen from a greater distance, even if they have to trample somewhat on the one who has been there so long.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Distance #Long #People

  • When I see a head from a great distance, it ceases to be a sphere and becomes an extreme confusion falling down into the abyss.
    -- Alberto Giacometti

    #Distance #Fall #Confusion

  • We are just not made up to be middle distance runners.
    -- Alberto Juantorena

    #Distance #Middle #Made

  • You learn to run like a sprinter, you'll be a great distance runner
    -- Alberto Salazar

    #Running #Distance #Runners

  • To travel is to discover that everybody is wrong. The philosophies, the civilizations which seem, at a distance, so superior to those current at home, all prove on a close inspection to be in their own way just as hopelessly imperfect.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Distance #Home

  • The really important facts were that spatial relationships had ceased to matter very much and that my mind was perceiving the world in terms of other than spatial categories. At ordinary times the eye concerns itself with such problems as where? — how far? — how situated in relation to what? In the mescaline experience the implied questions to which the eye responds are of another order. Place and distance cease to be of much interest. The mind does its perceiving in terms of intensity of existence, profundity of significance, relationships within a pattern.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Distance #Eye #Order

  • An Oscar means a lot of things because it's like the ultimate award for a filmmaker so it feels great. But I think you have to consider awards with some distance and not get obsessed with it. When you're creating you shouldn't think about it.
    -- Alejandro Amenabar

    #Distance #Mean #Thinking

  • Cole should be scoring from those distances, but I'm not going to single him out.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Funny #Football #Distance

  • The eyes sparked a lot of things for me, it could be somebody remembering something they had witnessed or heard about, or it could be the person in the photograph that was experiencing a tragedy or it could also be the spectator looking on from a safe distance.
    -- Alex Prager

    #Distance #Eye #Tragedy

  • It was astonishing that for some considerable distance around the mould growth the staphococcal colonies were undergoing lysis. What had formerly been a well-grown colony was now a faint shadow of its former self...I was sufficiently interested to pursue the subject.
    -- Alexander Fleming

    #Distance #Self #Growth

  • My best advice for mental training is simply to create good habits, in order to build a sense of security and calm around you. Also, you could try to distance yourself emotionally from the whole situation. In my case, I just look at it objectively: We are two guys going inside a cage to work. That's it. Try to de-escalate the pressure. Take a couple of deep breaths. Don't hype things up. And stay positive, even if you're fighting for your life.
    -- Alexander Gustafsson

    #Couple #Distance #Fighting

  • Man is very much a creature of habit. A thing that rarely strikes his senses will generally have but little influence upon his mind. A government continually at a distance and out of sight, can hardly be expected to interest the sensations of the people. The inference is, that the authority of the Union, and the affections of the citizens towards it, will be strengthened rather than weakened by its extension to what are called matters of internal concern.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Distance #Men #Sight

  • Comedy is a wonderful device for distance that allows us to look at what we're talking about with some degree of distance and hopefully with a bit more perspective and honesty. With many exceptions, a movie with no jokes is far less appealing to me.
    -- Alexander Payne

    #Honesty #Distance #Talking

  • It's now possible to play and take lessons from any place of the world. The concept of physical distance doesn't exist in the online world, and that is so cool!
    -- Alexandra Kosteniuk

    #Distance #Play #World

  • Nothing makes time pass or shortens the way like a thought that absorbs in itself all the faculties of the one who is thinking. External existence is then like a sleep of which this thought is the dream. Under its influence, time has no more measure, space has no more distance.
    -- Alexandre Dumas

    #Dream #Distance #Sleep

  • To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Distance #Destiny #Nightfall

  • God is the shortest distance from zero to infinity.
    -- Alfred Jarry

    #Zero #Distance #Infinity

  • There’s a magic in the distance, where the sea-line meets the sky.
    -- Alfred Noyes

    #Distance #Sea #Sky

  • At a certain stage in his evolution, man himself had been able to lay hold upon a higher order of things, which raised him above the level of the beasts that perish, and enabled him to see, at least in the distance, the shining towers of the City of God.
    -- Alfred Noyes

    #Distance #Men #Order

  • I needed targets, different things to go for on a daily basis—a distance on the treadmill or a weight goal. Without them, I wasn't celebrating myself enough, and I got really good at beating myself up.
    -- Ali Vincent

    #Distance #Goal #Different

  • It's not the lie that's the problem; it's the distance the lie forges between you.
    -- Alice Hoffman

    #Distance #Lying #Problem

  • If life is not always poetical, it is at least metrical. Periodicity rules over the mental experience of man, according to the path of the orbit of his thoughts. Distances are not gauged, ellipses not measured, velocities not ascertained, times not known. Nevertheless, the recurrence is sure. What the mind suffered last week, or last year, it does not suffer now; but it will suffer again next week or next year.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Life #Distance #Men

  • I dont think ignorance is a way that you gain distance on something.
    -- Alice Sebold

    #Distance #Ignorance #Thinking

  • Within walking distance of any spot on Earth there's probably more than enough mystery to investigate in a lifetime.
    -- Alix Kates Shulman

    #Life #Distance #Earth

  • We are coming into a new era of flight, an ear in which all past conception of time and distance is changing and changing at a very, very rapid rate.
    -- Allan Haines Loughead

    #Distance #Past #Ears

  • He regarded the world-objects right in front of his face-as if from a great distance. For when he moved on the earth he also moved in other realms. In certain seasons, in certain shades, memories alighted on him like sharp-taloned birds: a head turning in the foliage, lantern light flaring in a room.
    -- Amanda Coplin

    #Memories #Distance #Light

  • Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Distance #Technology #Devil

  • To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Life #Distance #Views

  • The distance between Evil and Good is a vast expanse in which many can exist without being either.
    -- Amish Tripathi

    #Distance #Evil

  • I don't think the philosophy really changes between men and women. I think golf courses need to become more distance-friendly overall. I think golf courses almost need to develop a more generic set of tees instead of calling them black, blue, red or whatever.
    -- Amy Alcott

    #Philosophy #Distance #Golf

  • The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.
    -- Amy Bloom

    #Distance #Past #Comfort

  • He sounds like someone who might best be loved from a distance.
    -- Amy Dickinson

    #Women #Distance #Sound

  • To see the greatness of a mountain, one must keep one's distance.
    -- Anagarika Govinda

    #Distance #Greatness #Mountain

  • The Earth is cylindrical, three times as wide as it is deep, and only the upper part is inhabited. But this Earth is isolated in space, and the sky is a complete sphere in the center of which is located, unsupported, our cylinder, the Earth, situated at an equal distance from all the points of the sky.
    -- Anaximander

    #Distance #Sky #Space

  • Yes, for a long time but I admired her and respected everything that I could sort of see in her from a distance, the pillars of her life, the loyalties, the relationships. It all got my interest and also the looks.
    -- Andre Agassi

    #Loyalty #Distance #Long

  • First of all, in any sport where you can measure distance, height speed and all of that, you see how athletes have changed their sport and made it better. I believe, with every generation, the sport has improved. Certainly, in the men's game, that has been the case. I think that I played Pete [Sampras] at his best, I played Roger [Federer] at his best.. I believe wholeheartedly that Roger and [Rafael] Nadal have pushed the game much further than myself or Pete ever did. Their options on the tennis court are considerably more than ours.
    -- Andre Agassi

    #Sports #Distance #Believe

  • I am lost if I attempt to take count of chronology. When I think over the past, I am like a person whose eyes cannot properly measure distances and is liable to think things extremely remote which on examination prove to be quite near.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Distance #Eye #Past

  • But then why, when talking on the phone, did they quarrel, on average at least once every four sentences? Maybe, though the inspector, it was an effect of the distance between them becoming less and less tolerable with each passing day, since as we grow old - for every now and then one must, yes, look reality in the eye and call things by their proper names - we feel more keenly the need to have the person we love beside us.
    -- Andrea Camilleri

    #Love #Distance #Eye

  • From a building right in front of my windows, I can observe the speed of the sunrises and sunsets. The voices of children playing, laughing, yelling, and crying on the playground crawl up to the eighth floor, where I write. Their voices sound so innocent from a distance.
    -- Andrea Hirata

    #Children #Distance #Writing

  • Things should be judged by distance traveled rather than by current position.
    -- Andrew Davidson

    #Distance #Should #Currents

  • For me, friendship has always been the most accessible of relationships - certainly far more so than romantic love. Friendship, I learned, provided a buffer in the interplay of emotions, a distance that made the risk of intimacy bearable, a space that allowed the other person to remain safely another person.
    -- Andrew Sullivan

    #Distance #Romantic Love #Space

  • Typical horror movies of the 1930s were often given a period setting in what looked like a kind of stylized 19th century... the sense of 'elsewhen', of distance, lent to many of these movies by their settings. They exist, as it were, in a 19th century of the mind.
    -- Andrew Tudor

    #Distance #Mind #Typical

  • Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Photography #Distance #Way

  • We're all torn between the desire for privacy and the fear of lonliness. We need each other and we need to get away from each other. We need proximity and distance, conversation and silence. We almost always get more of each than we want at any one time.
    -- Andy Rooney

    #Distance #Silence #Desire

  • I think doing period piece is easier, because after a certain distance, everybody is equal, I think. The relative contemporary is harder. I think that's the way it is.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Distance #Thinking #Way

  • We stand a professional distance apart, as if I can’t feel his pain screaming in my head. Mine amplifies his; they share a joint sound—that of glass breaking—until they swell to a crescendo that deafens.
    -- Ann Aguirre

    #Pain #Distance #Glasses

  • Yet sometimes being a friend meant letting people do things that hurt, like putting distance between you, just because it made them happy.
    -- Ann Aguirre

    #Hurt #Distance #People

  • When I lived in New York, not only did I have safety locks on the door but I had the music going, keeping the city at a distance, trying to find creative time and peace and so forth.
    -- Ann Beattie

    #New York #Distance #Doors

  • He no longer represented someday a possibility. He represented a road not taken a road that suddenly shot so far into the distance she couldn’t see it anymore.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Distance #Taken #Someday

  • God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors. And I've an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God's back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven -- that kind of distance.
    -- Ann Voskamp

    #Distance #Mirrors #Long

  • The individuals inside are frequently fighting that their individual voices be heard, while the walls of the place, which are the mask, and the perception, are reluctant to give over to the voices of the individuals. Those in the margins are always trying to get to the center, and those at the center, frequently in the name of tradition, are trying to keep the margins at a distance. Part of the identity of a place is the tension between those in the margins, and those in the center, and they all live behind the walls which wear the tradition.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Wall #Distance #Fighting

  • Those in the margins are always trying to get to the center, and those at the center, frequently in the name of tradition, are trying to keep the margins at a distance.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Distance #Names #Trying

  • Downtime is where we become ourselves, looking into the middle distance, kicking at the curb, lying on the grass or sitting on the stoop and staring at the tedious blue of the summer sky. I don't believe you can write poetry, or compose music, or become an actor without downtime, and plenty of it, a hiatus that passes for boredom but is really the quiet moving of the wheels inside that fuel creativity.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Summer #Distance #Lying

  • Now we're like planets, holding to each other from a great distance. [...] Now we're hundreds of miles apart, our short arms keep us lonely, no one hears what's in my head. [...] It's March, even the birds don't know what to do with themselves.
    -- Anne Michaels

    #Lonely #Distance #Bird

  • Do I make you nervous, Madame Lambert?” “No. I just prefer to keep my distance.” “Evil isn’t contagious.” “I thought you said you weren’t the most evil man in the world?” “I’m not. But that doesn’t mean I’m a good man.” “I don’t think anyone would argue with that.
    -- Anne Stuart

    #Distance #Mean #Men

  • We care. We feel. We think. We do not always miss the absent one. We cannot always come when called. Being friends with a loner requires patience and the wisdom that distance does not mean dislike.
    -- Anneli Rufus

    #Distance #Mean #Thinking

  • and they shook hands, hit each other on the shoulder, then there was forty feet of distance between them and nothing to do but drive away in opposite directions. Within a mile Ennis felt like someone was pulling his guts out hand over hand a yard at a time. He stopped at the side of the road and, in the whirling new snow, tried to puke but nothing came up. He felt about as bad as he ever had and it took a long time for the feeling to wear off.
    -- Annie Proulx

    #Distance #Hands #Opposites

  • About once a year, I do these long-distance relays with some friends of mine, and it takes about 27 or 28 hours to complete it.
    -- Anson Mount

    #Distance #Years #Long

  • You have to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.
    -- Anthony de Mello

    #Distance #Stories #Humans

  • Time and distance have a way of playing tricks with your best intentions.
    -- Anthony Kiedis

    #Distance #Way #Intention

  • My senses of space, of distance, and of direction entirely vanished. When I looked for the ground I sometimes looked down, sometimes up, sometimes left, sometimes right. I thought I was very high up when I would suddenly be thown to earth in a near vertical spin. I thought I was very low to the ground and I was pulled up to 3,000 feet in two minutes by the 500-horsepower motor. It danced, it pushed, it tossed. . . . Ah! la la!
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Distance #Two #Feet

  • Every relationship I've been in becomes long-distance because of work. It's never worked out. It puts an intense strain on the relationship, and at a certain point, it becomes too difficult.
    -- Anton Yelchin

    #Distance #Long #Intense

  • Artaud sought to remove aesthetic distance, bringing the audience into direct contact with the dangers of life. By turning theatre into a place where the spectator is exposed rather than protected, Artaud was committing an act of cruelty upon them.
    -- Antonin Artaud

    #Distance #Theatre #Danger

  • Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.
    -- Antonio Porchia

    #Life #Distance #Lines

  • I am in a job where you always look in front of you. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less distance there is in front of you.
    -- Arsene Wenger

    #Soccer #Jobs #Distance

  • Our ultimate analysis of space leads us not to a "here" and a "there," but to an extension such as that which relates "here" and "there." To put the conclusion rather crudely-space is not a lot of points close together; it is a lot of distances interlocked.
    -- Arthur Eddington

    #Distance #Science #Space

  • It cannot be denied that for a society which has to create scarcity to save its members from starvation, to whom abundance spells disaster, and to whom unlimited energy means unlimited power for war and destruction, there is an ominous cloud in the distance though at present it be no bigger than a man's hand.
    -- Arthur Eddington

    #War #Distance #Mean

  • I have a saying 'train, don't strain.' The Americans have the saying 'no pain, no gain' and that's why they have no distance running champions. They get down to the track with a stopwatch and flog their guts out thinking that it'll make them a champion, but they'll never make a champion that way.
    -- Arthur Lydiard

    #Running #Pain #Distance

  • Writing is nothing less than thought transference, the ability to send one's ideas out into the world, beyond time and distance, taken at the value of the words, unbound from the speaker.
    -- Arthur M. Jolly

    #Distance #Taken #Writing

  • It has the property of detonating very violently in certain circumstances. On one occasion a small amount of ether solution of pyroglycerin condensed in a glass bowl. ... When the bowl was heated over a spirit lamp, an extremely violent explosion occurred, which shattered it into small fragments. On another occasion a drop was heated in a test-tube, and exploded with such violence that the glass splinters cut deep into my face and hands, and hurt other people who were standing some distance off in the room.
    -- Ascanio Sobrero

    #Hurt #Distance #Cutting

  • I was on my own, living in Los Angeles, and I didn't know my way around, so I thought I'd walk everywhere. Well, that certainly got me noticed. Any woman who walks any distance at all is automatically regarded as a hooker!
    -- Ashley Jensen

    #Distance #Way #Los Angeles

  • A person should go out on the water on a fine day to a small distance from a beautiful coast, if he would see Nature really smile. Never does she look so delightful, as when the sun is brightly reflected by the water, while the waves are gently rippling, and the prospect receives life and animation from the glancing transit of an occasional row-boat, and the quieter motion of a few small vessels. But the land must be well in sight; not only for its own sake, but because the immensity and awfulness of a mere sea-view would ill accord with the other parts of the glittering and joyous scene.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Beautiful #Distance #Sight

  • If you are afraid of changes Watch from a distance Whether or not I might do something If you're going to talk about me behind my back It is what it is.
    -- Ayumi Hamasaki

    #Distance #Watches #Might

  • I have learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty and to seek companions who have arrived at the same place. We are a motley crew, distinguished not only by our inability to explain ourselves to those who are more certain of their beliefs than we are but in many cases by our distance from the centers of our faith communities as well.
    -- Barbara Brown Taylor

    #Religious #Distance #Ignorance

  • Middle-class-led reform movements, from the Progressive Era to the War on Poverty, have been marred by an elitist distance from the would-be beneficiaries of reform.
    -- Barbara Ehrenreich

    #War #Distance #Class

  • Emerson,' I said, choosing my words with care, 'it is a sheer drop from the cleft down to the base of the cliff. If you are bent on breaking your arm or your leg or your neck or all three, find a place closer to home so we won't have to carry you such a distance.
    -- Barbara Mertz

    #Distance #Home #Care