Parentheses Quotes

Parentheses Quotes by John Donne, Nicolas Chamfort, DJ Spooky, Charles Dickens, John Irving, Rudy Giuliani and many others.

If we consider eternity, into that time never entered; eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period; and eternity had been the same as it is, though time had never been.
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society
You know, in the sentence of humanity this place needs to be a parentheses. And when I say parentheses I mean I’m talking like you go around it. Leave it alone. Let it exist. And what I want people to see with this film is not only a respect for this place from the bottom of my heart.
Why, Mrs. Piper has a good deal to say, chiefly in parentheses and without punctuation, but not much to tell.
What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.
I was in the Justice Department for three years. I remember my entry briefing by the CIA. I can tell the date of it. I remember my exit interview from the CIA. And I remember that “C” in parentheses meant confidential.
Life is such an effort, Child. It’s a war that is renewed each day, and its moments of joy are brief parentheses for which you pay a cruel price.
The censure of frequent and long parentheses has led writers into the preposterous expedient of leaving out the marks by which they are indicated. It is no cure to a lame man to take away his crutches.
I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
You cannot put patience and experience into a parenthesis, and, omitting them, bring hope out of tribulation.
The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.
By itself, 1 Corinthians 15 just wouldn’t mean much. He wants the appearances of 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 to be read as if they had in parentheses after them ‘See Luke 24; Matthew 28; John 21.’
Eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period.
Disease often tells its secrets in a casual parenthesis.
We toast the Lisp programmer who pens his thoughts within nests of parentheses.
Try as i do, i can‘t recall her surname. Indeed, her very abstractedness and insubstantial personality seemed to say ‘forget me’; she seemed to live in parenthesis.
Think not thy time short in this world, since the world itself is not long. The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity, and a short interposition, for a time, between such a state of duration as was before it and may be after it.
I am one of those that always get accidentally guillotined when the Great Day of Liberation comes, because … I guess … I am full of parentheses. Revolutions can’t abide parentheses.
There’s something about a parenthesis in fiction that puts one off, saying, “It’s me, moi, jumping in now.”
Brackets come in various shapes, types and names: 1 round brackets (which we call brackets, and the Americans call parentheses) 2 square brackets [which we call square brackets, and the Americans call brackets]
I have a real passion for children. I always wanted to teach and only became an athlete because my parents told my brother Parenthesis and me that we should use any God-given talent we had.
What I want back is what I was Before the bed, before the knife, Before the brooch-pin and the salve Fixed me in this parenthesis; Horses fluent in the wind, A place, a time gone out of mind.
Somebody put a drop under a magnifying-glass and it was all semicolons and parentheses.
I believe friends enclose us, like a pair of parentheses. Each one knows us differently, each sustains us in a different way.
A cigarette is a breathing space. It makes a parenthesis. The time of a cigarette is a parenthesis, and if it is shared, you are both in that parenthesis. Its like a proscenium arch for a dialogue.