Theodore Dreiser

The Titan

    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    looked strangely replete for a man of thirty-six—suave, steady, incisive, with eyes as fine as those of a Newfoundland or a Collie and as innocent and winsome. They were wonderful eyes, soft and spring-like at times, glowing with a rich, human understanding which on the instant could harden and flash lightning. Deceptive eyes, unreadable, but alluring alike to men and to women in all walks and conditions of life.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    Hamlet prepared? And why did the weird sisters plan ruin to the murderous Scot?
    Double, double toil and trouble,
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
    In a mulch of darkness are bedded the roots of endless sorrows—and of endless joys. Canst thou fix thine eye on the morning? Be glad. And if in the ultimate it blind thee, be glad also! Thou hast lived.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    What thought engendered the spirit of Circe, or gave to a Helen the lust of tragedy? What lit the walls of Troy? Or prepared the woes of an Andromache? By what demon counsel was the fate of
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    this giant himself, rushing on to new struggles and new difficulties in an older land, forever suffering the goad of a restless heart—for him was no ultimate peace, no real understanding, but only hunger and thirst and wonder. Wealth, wealth, wealth! A new grasp of a new great problem and its eventual solution. Anew the old urgent thirst for life, and only its partial quenchment. In Dresden a palace for one woman, in Rome a second for another. In London a third for his beloved Berenice, the lure of beauty ever in his eye. The lives of two women wrecked, a score of victims despoiled; Berenice herself weary, yet brilliant, turning to others for recompense for her lost youth. And he resigned, and yet not—loving, understanding, doubting, caught at last by the drug of a personality which he could not gainsay.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    As has been said, this promiscuous attitude on Cowperwood's part was the natural flowering out of a temperament that was chronically promiscuous, intellectually uncertain, and philosophically anarchistic. From one point of view it might have been said of him that he was seeking the realization of a
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    He could, should, and would rule alone. No man must ever again have the least claim on him save that of a suppliant. He wanted no more dangerous combinations such as he had had with Stener, the man through whom he had lost so much in Philadelphia, and others. By right of financial intellect and courage he was first, and would so prove it. Men must swing around him as planets around the sun.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    Finally he left the club to keep his other appointments, but something of his personality remained behind him. Mr. Addison and Mr. Rambaud, among others, were sincerely convinced that he was one of the most interesting men they had met in years. And he scarcely had said anything at all—just listened.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    Both men were ruthless after their fashion, avid of a physical life; but Addison was the weaker in that he was still afraid—very much afraid—of what life might do to him. The man before him had no sense of fear. Addison contributed judiciously to charity, subscribed outwardly to a dull social routine, pretended to love his wife, of whom he was weary, and took his human pleasure secretly. The man before him subscribed to nothing, refused to talk save to intimates, whom he controlled spiritually, and did as he pleased.
    Tamara Eidelmanhas quoted6 months ago
    Cowperwood's personality, while maintaining an unbroken outward reserve, breathed a tremendous humanness which touched his fellow-banker. Both men were in their way walking enigmas, the Philadelphian far the subtler of the two.
    b7433049561has quoted8 months ago
    As a matter of fact, in most cases he was as much sinned against as sinning, since the provocation was as much offered as given.
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    pampered, idle, jaunty
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    he would enter — late in the night — his now silent gallery, and turning on the lights so that the whole sweet room stood revealed, he would seat himself before some treasure, reflecting on the nature, the mood, the time, and the man that had produced it.
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    “While we’re traveling we might as well see what we can find in the way of pictures and so on.”
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    There must be a God. The Bible said so.
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    Perhaps this, in a way, will explain his desire to connect himself with a personality so naive and strange as Peter Laughlin. He had annexed him as a surgeon selects a special knife or instrument for an operation,
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    Life is between individuals,
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    He talked to this spaniel quite as he would to a human being (even more intimately, perhaps), taking the dog’s glances, tail-waggings, and general movements for answer.
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    You wouldn’t love me long if I didn’t put pretty clothes first,
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    Mr. Addison and Mr. Rambaud, among others, were sincerely convinced that he was one of the most interesting men they had met in years. And he scarcely had said anything at all — just listened.
    Иринаhas quoted6 years ago
    The race is to the swift, he said to himself over and over. Yes, and the battle is to the strong.
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