Weekend Words: Face

Matthias Grünewald, “The Triple Face” (c.1525). Black chalk on brownish paper, 272 x 199 mm. Staatliche Museen, Berlin. (Image via Web Gallery of Art)

On Wednesday, Hyperallergic’s Mostafa Heddaya reported on the Museum of Modern Art’s attempt to save face by saving the bronze plate facade of the American Folk Art Museum.

“At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.”

—Albert Camus

“On vanity: The nose of Cleopatra: if it had been shorter, the face of the earth would have changed.

—Blaise Pascal

“My heart’s aflutter! I am standing in the bath tub crying. Mother, mother who am I? If he will just come back once and kiss me on the face his coarse hair brush my temple, it’s throbbing!

—Frank O’Hara, from “Mayakovsky”

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not comme il faut to establish the supremacy of an idea by smashing in the faces of all the people who try to contradict it. The English never smash in a face. They merely refrain from inviting it to dinner.”

—Margaret Halsey, With Malice toward Some

“Private faces in public places Are wiser and nicer Than public faces in private places.”

—W. H. Auden, Orators

“The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.”

—Roland Barthes

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

—George Orwell, 1984

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception.”

—Groucho Marx

comments (0)