Lapham’s Quarterly Summer 2017: Fear, pt. II

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[L.Q. cover and art from L.Q. Summer 2017: Fear.]
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A review, summary, preview; continued.

Side quotes are generously scattered through each issue.   In this issue I count 55 plus the IFC and IBC, not counting the 2 starting the Preamble.  Here is a sampling:

“Fear first made gods in the world.” –Statius, c. 90 (IFC)  Who?  A Roman poet extant c. 45 – c. 96 A.D.  Quote also attributed to Petronius.

“We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.”  –La Rochefoucauld, 1664  (IBC)  A 17th-century French author of memoirs and maxims (aphorisms).  Did Eric Hoffer and Elias Canetti know of him?  Likely.  An example from Wikipedia: “II. Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.”  Touche’.

“Worry over what has not occurred is a serious malady.” –Solomon ibn Gairol, 1050 (p. 15)  “…an 11th-century Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher with a Neo-Platonic bent.” –Wikipedia.

“Who lives in fear will never be a free man.” –Horace, 19 B.C. (p. 18)

“How vain and vile a passion is this fear?
What base, uncomely things it makes men do?” –Ben Jonson, 1603 ( p. 27)

“The man in constant fear is every day condemned.” –Publilius Syrus, c. 50 B.C. (p. 34)  Who?  A Syrian taken to Italy as a slave, later freed and educated.  Known for his sententiae (proverbs, adages, aphorisms, maxims).  Hoffer and Canetti again?

“War is fear cloaked in courage.” –William Westmoreland, 1966 (p. 37)  Well said I say.  U.S. Army General who commanded forces in Vietnam 1964-1968.

“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” –John Adams, 1776 (p. 41)

Detail, British soldier, Northern Ireland, 1972. Photograph by Philip Jones Griffiths


“Neither a man nor a crown nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” –Bertrand Russell, 1943 (p. 86)

“Suffering has its limit, but fears are endless.” –Pliny the Younger, 108 (p. 114)

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.” –Albert Camus, c. 1940 (p. 132)

“If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows not fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.” —George S. Patton, c. 1945 (p. 175)

“Fear the goat from the front, the horse from the rear, and man from all sides.” –Russian proverb. (p. 184)

“Men are eager to tread underfoot what they have once too much feared.” –Lucretius, c. 60 B.C. (p. 188)

“An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.” –Herman Melville, 1851. (p. 189)

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear– not absence of fear.” –Mark Twain, 1894 (p. 206)

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” –Oscar Wilde, 1891 (p. 209)

18 quotes from this issue are available free online.  Seek and ye shall find.

To be continued…

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