„Whatsoever [Love] does, whithersoever she turns her steps, Grace follows her unseen to order all aright.“
Illam, quidquid agit, quoquo vestigia movit,
componit furtim subsequiturque Decor.
Bk. 4, no. 2, line 7.
Tibullus' authorship of this poem is doubtful.
Original: (la) Illam, quidquid agit, quoquo vestigia movit,<br/>componit furtim subsequiturque Decor.
Illam, quidquid agit, quoquo vestigia movit,<br/>componit furtim subsequiturque Decor.
„A: I will now follow Reason whithersoever she shall lead me.“
A: Nunc rationem, quo ea me cumque ducet, sequar.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 v.Chr
Book II, Chapter V; translation of Andrew P. Peabody
Tusculanae Disputationes – Tusculan Disputations (45 BC)
— Steven Pressfield United States Marine 1943
Quelle: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
— Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977
„Mourn, ye Graces and Loves, and all you whom the Graces love. My lady's sparrow is dead, the sparrow my lady's pet, whom she loved more than her own eyes.“
Lugete, O Veneres Cupidinesque, Et quantum est hominum venustiorum. Passer mortuus est meae puellae, Passer, deliciae meae puellae.
— Gaio Valerio Catullo, list of poems by Catullus
III, lines 1–4
Lord Byron's translation:
Ye Cupids, droop each little head,
Nor let your wings with joy be spread:
My Lesbia's favourite bird is dead,
Whom dearer than her eyes she loved.
— Khaled Hosseini, buch And the Mountains Echoed
Quelle: And the Mountains Echoed
„Sometimes a woman's love of being loved gets the better of her conscience, and though she is agonized at the thought of treating a man cruelly, she encourages him to love her while she doesn't love him at all. Then, when she sees him suffering, her remorse sets in, and she does what she can to repair the wrong.“
— Thomas Hardy, buch Jude the Obscure
Pt. IV, ch. V
Jude the Obscure (1895)
„[About Edith Stein] I see her groping, wonder-filled prayer, which in the beginning resembles a conversation she is conducting with herself and is very managed. It is half like a question she puts to herself without knowing exactly what she means; it may be that the step she takes does not need to be completed by her; the question does not need to be perfectly articulated; perhaps God would be able to intervene in the middle of her step, in order to make his presence known and answer her question in a much more profound way than she herself would have expected or even would have been capable of expecting. And God truly answers. She prays more and more and finally receives a victorious certainty and rejoices. From this moment of victorious certainty on, everything is perfectly simple and unambiguous. She will follow the path God shows to her; she belongs to him; she has rediscovered her childlike cheerfulness, which has increased and become clearly manifest through love and faith.“
— Adrienne von Speyr Swiss doctor and mystic 1902 - 1967
Book of All Saints (1966)
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„A virgin is like a rose: while she remains on the thorn whence she sprang, alone and safe in a lovely garden, no flock, no shepherd approaches. The gentle breeze and the dewy dawn, water, and earth pay her homage; amorous youths and loving maidens like to deck their brows with her, and their breasts. / But no sooner is she plucked from her mother-stalk, severed from her green stem, than she loses all, all the favour, grace, and beauty wherewith heaven and men endowed her.“
— Ludovico Ariosto, buch Der rasende Roland
La verginella e simile alla rosa
Ch'in bel giardin' su la nativa spina
Mentre sola e sicura si riposa
Ne gregge ne pastor se le avvicina;
L'aura soave e l'alba rugiadosa,
L'acqua, la terra al suo favor s'inchina:
Gioveni vaghi e donne inamorate
Amano averne e seni e tempie ornate.<p>Ma no si tosto dal materno stelo
Rimossa viene, e dal suo ceppo verde
Che quato havea dagli huoi e dal cielo
Favor gratia e bellezza tutto perde.
Canto I, stanzas 42–43 (tr. G. Waldman)
Ut flos in saeptis secretus nascitur hortis,
Ignotus pecori, nullo contusus aratro,
Quem mulcent aurae, firmat sol, educat imber;
Multi illum pueri, multae optavere puellae:
idem cum tenui carptus defloruit ungui,
nulli illum pueri, nullae optavere puellae:
sic virgo, dum intacta manet, dum cara suis est;
cum castum amisit polluto corpore florem,
nec pueris iucunda manet, nec cara puellis.
As a flower springs up secretly in a fenced garden, unknown to the cattle, torn up by no plough, which the winds caress, the sun strengthens, the shower draws forth, many boys, many girls, desire it: so a maiden, whilst she remains untouched, so long she is dear to her own; when she has lost her chaste flower with sullied body, she remains neither lovely to boys nor dear to girls.
Catullus, Carmina, LXII (tr. Francis Warre-Cornish)
Orlando Furioso (1532)
„Her majesty, being now in possession of her imperial crown and estate pertaining to it, cannot forsake that faith that the whole world knows her to have followed and practiced since her birth; she desires, rather, by God's grace, to preserve it till her death; and she desires greatly that her subjects may come to embrace the same faith quietly and with charity, whereby she shall receive great happiness.“
— Mary I of England Queen of England and Ireland 1516 - 1558
Proclamation concerning Religion (1553-08-18).
— Eleanor Clift American journalist 1940
Farewell to Hollywood's Great White House Romance (2016)
Kontext: It took her husband's long illness and her grace in caring for him to show her critics what she was made of. Rarely did she spend more than an hour or two away from him, and during the decade of his decline, she guarded his image, his legacy, and his dignity. As his cognitive powers slipped away, eldest son Michael reminded him that he used to be president. "How did I do?" Reagan replied, his characteristic humor and humility intact. In the 1994 letter to the American people in which the former president revealed his illness, he wrote, "I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage." In their life together, Ronald Reagan never worried about anything; Nancy worried about everything, carrying a burden few appreciated until the end. She didn't have his gift for storytelling, but she made sure all the parts were in place, and by honoring him, she was true to herself, a woman for all times.
„p>She clad herself in a russet gown,
She was no longer Lady Clare:
She went by dale, and she went by down,
With a single rose in her hair.The lily-white doe Lord Ronald had brought
Leapt up from where she lay.
Dropped her head in the maiden's hand.
And followed her all the way.</p“
— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Lady Clare
Lady Clare (1842)
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
— Jodi Picoult, buch Handle With Care
Quelle: Handle with Care
— Kerrelyn Sparks American writer 1955
Quelle: The Vampire and the Virgin
„If a woman has chosen to gift a fetus with life, it does not necessarily follow that she is obligated to continue to support it with her body, especially if that support threatens the woman’s life. A woman’s body is her property, to do with as she wishes.“
— Mary Ruwart American scientist and libertarian activist 1949
Quelle: Short Answers to the Tough Questions: How to Answer the Questions Libertarians Are Often Asked, (2012), p. 141
— Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
"Mariana In The North"; also in Country Life Vol. 50 (1921), p. 738
Orchard and Vineyard (1921)