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  • Nihilism in American comedy came along way before 'The Simpsons.' There was a fairly nihilistic point of view to 'Saturday Night Live,' for instance, back in the beginning, and a lot of really dark comedy had a really anti-sentimental take on life.

    Night  
  • Motherhood, to be sure, receives a great deal of sentimental adulation, but only if it is committed in accordance with rules which have been prescribed by a predominantly masculine society. Per se it is accorded no respect whatever. When it results from a sexual relationship which has been duly sanctioned by organized society, it is holy, no matter how much it may transgress the rules of decency, health, or common sense. Otherwise it is a sin meriting social ostracism for the mother and obloquy for the child - an ostracism and obloquy, significantly enough, in which the father does not share.

  • What are our conductors giving us year after year? Only fresh corpses. Over these beautifully embalmed sonatas, toccatas, symphonies and operas the public dance the jitterbug. Night and day without let the radio drowns us in a hog-wash of the most nauseating, sentimental ditties. From the churches comes the melancholy dirge of the dead Christ, a music which is no more sacred than a rotten turnip.

    Night   Years  
    Henry Miller (1945). “The Air-conditioned Nightmare”, [New York] : New directions
  • New York is at once cosmopolitan and parochial, a compendium of sentimental certainties. It is in fact the most sentimental of the world's great cities - in its self-congratulation a kind of San Francisco of the East.

  • I learned from a very young age that if I pursued the things that truly excited me, that they would reward in more important ways, like happiness.

  • Politicians neither love nor hate. Interest, not sentiment, directs them.

    Hate  
  • As with the Princess Di crash, which sent the media on the most insane feeding frenzy. From the moment of the crash, the pornography of sentiment never let up.

    Media  
  • What counts now are the value-less facts, the material and the rational. All else is regarded with condescension as being of only sentimental value.

    Jean Gebser (1985). “The Ever-Present Origin”
  • I believe that none can "save" his fellow man by making a choice for him. To help him, he can indicate the possible alternatives, with sincerity and love, without being sentimental and without illusion.

    Believe   Men  
    Erich Fromm (1997). “On Being Human”, p.103, A&C Black
  • Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

    Henry Ward Beecher (1871). “Morning and Evening Exercises: Selected from the Published and Unpublished Writings”, p.309
  • I don't think it's good to be sentimental, so I try not to be.

  • irony is an indispensable ingredient of the critical vision; it is the safest antidote to sentimental decay.

    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1938). “Works”
  • The meaning of life is creative love. Not love as an inner feeling, as a private sentimental emotion, but love as a dynamic power moving out in the world and doing something original.

    Love  
  • Only the heart knows the correct answer. Most people think the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it's not. The heart is intuitive; it's holistic, it's contextual, it's relational. It doesn't have a win-lose orientation. It taps into the cosmic computer - the field of pure potentiality, pure knowledge, and infinite organizing power - and takes everything into account. At times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought.

    Heart  
    Deepak Chopra (2010). “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams”, p.33, Amber-Allen Publishing
  • There are racial considerations too grave to be brushed aside for any sentimental reasons. Biological laws tell us that certain divergent people will not mix or blend. The Nordics propagate themselves successfully. With other races, the outcome shows deterioration on both sides. Quality of mind and body suggests that observance of ethnic law is as great a necessity to a nation as immigration law.

    People  
    "Whose Country Is This?", Good Housekeeping Magazine, February, 1921.
  • Intensely moving but never sentimental, Academy Street is a profound meditation on what Faulkner called 'the human heart in conflict with itself'. In Tess Lohan, Mary Costello has created one of the most fully realized characters in contemporary fiction. What a marvel of a book.

    Heart  
  • One of my most sentimental items is my grandmother's engagement ring that my mom gave me a few years ago. It's a Victorian-style setting that's closed in the back, so it doesn't sparkle the way diamonds do now. I wear it as a pendant.

    Mom   Years  
  • For every romantic possiblity, no matter how robust, there exists at least one equal and opposite sentence, phrase, or word capable of extinguishing it.

    Love  
  • Young ladies may have been crossed in love, and have had their sufferings, their frantic moments of grief and tears, their wakeful nights, and so forth; but it is only in very sentimental novels that people occupy themselves perpetually with that passion, and I believe what are called broken hearts are a very rare article indeed.

    Believe  
    William Makepeace Thackeray (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of William Makepeace Thackeray (Illustrated)”, p.2988, Delphi Classics
  • A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.

    Lying  
    Grover Cleveland (1909). “Addresses, State Papers and Letters”
  • One that we can admire aesthetically and participate viscerally in. So the goal here, and we've had some early, small screenings, what seems to be kind of happening is that you come in thinking you're going to see a cool robot boxing movie, you don't expect this emotional underdog, father/son movie. And it's not one that's soft and overly sentimental, but hopefully it's one that's poignant.

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  • Love is a great poet, its resources are inexhaustible, but if the end it has in view is not obtained, it feels weary and remains silent.

    Love  
    Giacomo Casanova (2013). “The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt Volume 1: The Venetian Years”, p.104, Simon and Schuster
  • Obviously the first sentiment is disappointment that we didn't get the car home and more disappointment that at the time that it stopped the car was in the lead.

  • She loved the sea for its storms alone, cared for vegetation only when it grew here and there among ruins. She had to extract a kind of personal advantage from things and she rejected as useless everything that promised no immediate gratification — for her temperament was more sentimental than artistic, and what she was looking for was emotions, not scenery.

    Gustave Flaubert (1993). “Madame Bovary: Patterns of Provincial Life”, Everyman's Library
  • The sentimental want to be thrilled by everything.

  • The world is neither wise nor just, but it makes up for all its folly and injustice by being damnably sentimental.

    Leonard Huxley, Thomas Henry Huxley (2011). “Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley”, p.128, Cambridge University Press
  • Everything gets to me. I'm very sentimental.

  • Although the progress of civilisation has undoubtedly contributed to assuage the fiercer passions of human nature, it seems to have been less favourable to the virtue of chastity, whose most dangerous enemy is the softness of the mind. The refinements of life corrupt while they polish the intercourse of the sexes. The gross appetite of love becomes most dangerous when it is elevated, or rather, indeed, disguised by sentimental passion.

    Sex   Love Is  
    Edward Gibbon (1998). “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, p.191, Wordsworth Editions
  • Experience proves that none is so cruel as the disillusioned sentimentalist.

  • The thing with Disney songs is they're very manipulative, very sentimental, but they do get you, you know - there's a kind of sadness to them and that kind of music doesn't really exist any more.

    "Paris match" by Lynn Barber, www.theguardian.com. June 9, 2007.
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