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Author CloudAdams, John • Aristotle • Asimov, Isaac • Bacon, Francis • Bible • Bierce, Ambrose • Billings, Josh • Butcher, Jim • Chesterfield (Lord) • Chesterton, Gilbert Keith • Churchill, Winston • Cicero, Marcus Tullius • Einstein, Albert • Eisenhower, Dwight David • Emerson, Ralph Waldo • Franklin, Benjamin • Fuller, Thomas (1654) • Gaiman, Neil • Galbraith, John Kenneth • Gandhi, Mohandas • Hazlitt, William • Heinlein, Robert A. • Hoffer, Eric • Homer • Huxley, Aldous • Ingersoll, Robert Green • Jefferson, Thomas • Johnson, Samuel • Kennedy, John F. • King, Martin Luther • La Rochefoucauld, Francois • Lewis, C.S. • Lincoln, Abraham • Mencken, H.L. • Orwell, George • Pratchett, Terry • Roosevelt, Eleanor • Roosevelt, Theodore • Russell, Bertrand • Shakespeare, William • Shaw, George Bernard • Sophocles • Stevenson, Robert Louis • Twain, Mark • Wilde, Oscar
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- A Writer’s Notebook (1949) on
- The Odyssey [Ὀδύσσεια], Book 6, l. 180ff (6.180) [Odysseus to Nausicaa] (c. 700 BC) [tr. Rieu (1946)] on
- Meditations, Book 2, #11 [tr. Gill (2014)] on
- “We’ll Meet Again” (1939) [with Hughie Charles] on
- Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs, #3366 (1732) on
Aghast, astonish’d, and struck dumb with fear,
I stood; like bristles rose my stiffen’d hair.
[Obstupui, steteruntque comae, et vox faucibus haesit.]
The Aeneid [Ænē̆is], Book 2, l. 774ff (2.774) [Aeneas] (29-19 BC) [tr. Dryden (1697)]
Confronting his wife's ghost. (Source (Latin)). Alternate translations:
I stood aghast! my hair rose on end, and my voice clung to my jaws.
[tr. Davidson/Buckley (1854)]
I stood appall'd, my hair erect,
And fear my tongue-tied utterance checked.
[tr. Conington (1866)]
Aghast I stood, with hair
Erect: my voice clung to my throat.
[tr. Cranch (1872), ll. 1041-42]
I was motionless; my hair stood up, and the accents faltered on my tongue.
[tr. Mackail (1885)]
I stood amazed, my hair rose up, nor from my jaws would pass
My frozen voice.
[tr. Morris (1900)]
Aghast I stood, tongue-tied, with stiffening hair.
[tr. Taylor (1907), st. 104, l. 935]
I quailed, my hair rose, and I gasped for fear.
[tr. Williams (1910)]
I was appalled, my hair stood up, and the voice clave to my throat.
[tr. Fairclough (1916)]
I was appalled: my hair stood on end, and my voice struck
In my throat.
[tr. Day Lewis (1952)]
I was dismayed;
my hair stood stiff , my voice held fast within
[tr. Mandelbaum (1971), ll. 1043-45]
Chilled to the marrow, could feel the hair
On my head rise, the voice clot in my throat.
[tr. Fitzgerald (1981), ll. 1004-5]
I was paralyzed. My hair stood on end. My voice stuck in my throat.
[tr. West (1990)]
I was transfixed,
My hair stood on end, and my voice choked.
[tr. Lombardo (2005), ll. 913-14]
I froze. My hackles bristled, voice choked in my throat.
[tr. Fagles (2006), l. 960]
I was aghast. My hair stood up, my voice stuck in my throat.
[tr. Bartsch (2021)]
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