Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan?
Alternative translation: But where are the snows of yesteryear?
Source: Le Grand Testament (The Great Testament) (1461), Line 336; "Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis (Ballade of the Ladies of Bygone Times)".
Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan?
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
"The Test", as quoted in Emerson As A Poet (1883) by Joel Benton, p. 40
„I stand in a land of roses,
But I dream of a land of snow,
Where you and I were happy,
In the years of long ago.“
— Fred Weatherly English lawyer, author, lyricist and broadcaster 1848 - 1929
„There has been no greater artist in French verse, as there has been no greater poet; and the main part of the history of poetry in France is the record of a long forgetting of all that Villon found out for himself.“
— Francois Villon Mediæval French poet 1431 - 1463
Arthur Symons Figures of Several Centuries (London: Constable, 1916) p. 40.
„It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.“
Source: A Child's Christmas in Wales
„The English language was created by poets, a five-hundred year enterprise of emotion and metaphor, the richest dialogue in world literature. French rhetorical models are too narrow for the English tradition. Most pernicious of French imports is the notion that there is no person behind a text. Is there anything more affected, aggressive, and relentlessly concrete than a Parisian intellectual behind his/her turgid text? The Parisian is a provincial when he pretends to speak for the universe.“
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990), p. 34
„Nowadays when a poet with one privately printed book can have his next three years taken care of by a Guggenheim fellowship, a Kenyon Review fellowship, and the Prix de Rome, it is hard to remember what chances the poet took in that small-town world, how precariously hand-to-mouth his existence was. And yet in one way the old days were better; [Vachel] Lindsay after a while, by luck and skill, got far more readers than any poet could get today.“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
“Fifty Years of American Poetry”, p. 299
The Third Book of Criticism (1969)
„I took care of the depth of my relationship with God and He took care of the breadth of my success.“
— T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963
On the secret of his success - "TB Joshua - How To Celebrate My 50th Birthday" https://www.nigeriafilms.com/more/127-columnists/20001-tb-joshua-how-to-celebrate-my-50th-birthday Nigeria Films (June 10 2013)
„Did not the Parisian press, only two or three years ago, maintain that the whole philosophy of Anarchy consisted in destruction, and that its only argument was violence?“
— Peter Kropotkin Russian zoologist, evolutionary theorist, philosopher, scientist, revolutionary, economist, activist, geographer, writer 1842 - 1921
Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal (1896)
Context: It is not without a certain hesitation that I have decided to take the philosophy and ideal of Anarchy as the subject of this lecture.
Those who are persuaded that Anarchy is a collection of visions relating to the future, and an unconscious striving toward the destruction of all present civilization, are still very numerous; and to clear the ground of such prejudices of our education as maintain this view we should have, perhaps, to enter into many details which it would be difficult to embody in a single lecture. Did not the Parisian press, only two or three years ago, maintain that the whole philosophy of Anarchy consisted in destruction, and that its only argument was violence?
Nevertheless Anarchists have been spoken of so much lately, that part of the public has at last taken to reading and discussing our doctrines. Sometimes men have even given themselves trouble to reflect, and at the present moment we have at least gained a point: it is willingly admitted that Anarchists have an ideal. Their ideal is even found too beautiful, too lofty for a society not composed of superior beings.
„Because he had seen much of life, his last and greatest work, The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, is more than a collection of facts: it is a book of wisdom and experience, a treatise on the conduct of life, a commentary on human destiny.“
— Walter Raleigh (professor) British academic 1861 - 1922
p. 26 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.$b325850;view=1up;seq=32
Six Essays on Johnson (1910)
— Donald Miller American writer 1971
Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance (2000, Harvest House Publishers)
— Wolfram von Eschenbach German knight and poet 1170 - 1220
Victor Duruy (trans. E. H. & M. D. Whitney) The History of the Middle Ages (New York: H. Holt, 1891) p. 338.
„It is odd that the last twenty-five years which have witnessed the greatest progress ever made in physical science—the greatest victories ever achieved by mind over matter—should have produced hardly a volume that will be remembered in 1900.“
— Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay British historian and Whig politician 1800 - 1859
Diary entry (9 March 1850)
„In yonder Grave a Druid lies
Where slowly winds the Stealing Wave!
The Year's best Sweets shall duteous rise
To deck its Poet's sylvan Grave!“
— William Collins English poet, born 1721 1721 - 1759
Source: Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson, (1748) http://www.luminarium.org/eightlit/collins/thomson.php, line 1.
„Tell me now in what hidden way is
Lady Flora the lovely Roman?
Where's Hipparchia, and where is Thais,
Neither of them the fairer woman?
Where is Echo, beheld of no man,
Only heard on river and mere—
She whose beauty was more than human?—
But where are the snows of yester-year?“
— Dante Gabriel Rossetti English poet, illustrator, painter and translator 1828 - 1882
The Ballad of Dead Ladies http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/roset03.html#13, st. 1 (1870).