Weekend Words: Breach

Francis Danby, “The Broken Bridge” (n.d.). Oil on paper laid down on board, 13 x 18 cm. Private collection. (image via Web Gallery of Art)

This week, another Brooklyn Bridge breach, this time not for the sake of art, but a selfie.

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”

—Mahatma Gandhi

“Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.”

—William Hazlitt

“You cannot raise the standard against oppression, or leap into the breach to relieve injustice, and still keep an open mind to every disconcerting fact, or an open ear to the cold voice of doubt.”

—Learned Hand

“But we by a love, so much refined,
That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, hands to miss.

Our two souls, therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.”

—John Donne, “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”

“When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.”

—Mary Elizabeth Braddon

“I have already said that the breach from one mind to another is perhaps the greatest breach in nature.”

—William James, The Principles of Psychology

“We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”

—Amy Vanderbilt

“Good manners, to those one does not love, are no more a breach of truth, than “your humble servant,” at the bottom of a challenge is; they are universally agreed upon, and understand to be things of course. They are necessary guards of the decency and peace of society.”

—Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”

—Proverbs, Chap. 15, v. 4

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