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" If everyone who has any value leaves France, what remains of France?"


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" It seemed to me as if I would be deserting"

Matisse was about to embark for Brazil to escape the Occupation but changed his mind and remained in Nice, in Vichy France


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" We are not here in the presence of an extravagant or an extremist undertaking: Matisse's art is eminently reasonable."


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" Russell was my teacher, and Russell explained colour theory to me."


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" her only defect is that she is 27 years old. In all other respects she is splendid: clever, cheerful, straightforward and very likeable."


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" I'll never believe that a man who understood nothing could feel the Fifth Symphony. Of course they understood, they understood what was happening around them and they understood what the Fifth was about"


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in 1852

" Gogol is dead!... What Russian heart is not shaken by those three words?... He is gone, that man whom we now have the right (the bitter right, given to us by death) to call great."


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in 1926

" So we should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible, in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam."


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in 1926

" It (Independence) belongs to all of us and that is why we celebrate it. Do you think, however, that our nation from the outset needs only men to serve it? Women should also take their part as women did in the early years of our nation and Islam. From their examples we must learn that we must all contribute toward the development of our nation and that this cannot be done without being equipped with knowledge."


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" What a terrible man he was. But he was just, intelligent, and skilled in the management of affairs... it was through his efforts, through his tireless labor, that I have been able to accomplish everything that I have done since"


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" I love the man, and that’s it."

told reporters


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" Коли влада вживає надмірну силу, народ має право збройно боронитися. Кожен із нас має право боронитися. Україна стоїть на порозі дуже серйозних змін на краще. Періоди занепаду ще будуть, але має статися щось зовсім надзвичайне, аби ми скотилися на саме дно"

заявив він в інтерв’ю газеті “Україна Молода”


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in 1833

" Hermann went out of his mind, and is now confined in room Number 17 of the Obukhov Hospital. He never answers any questions, but he constantly mutters with unusual rapidity: "Three, seven, ace!" "Three, seven, queen!""

The Queen of Spades


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in 1833

" "Ace has won!" cried Hermann, showing his card. "Your queen has lost," said Chekalinsky, politely. Hermann started; instead of an ace, there lay before him the queen of spades! He could not believe his eyes, nor could he understand how he had made such a mistake. At that moment it seemed to him that the queen of spades smiled ironically and winked her eye at him. He was struck by her remarkable resemblance... "The old Countess!" he exclaimed, seized with terror."


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in 1833

" Two fixed ideas can no more exist together in the moral world than two bodies can occupy one and the same place in the physical world."


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in 1833

" "I have come to you against my wish," she said in a firm voice: "but I have been ordered to grant your request. Three, seven, ace, will win for you if played in succession, but only on these conditions: that you do not play more than one card in twenty-four hours, and that you never play again during the rest of your life. I forgive you my death, on condition that you marry my companion, Lizaveta Ivanovna.""


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in 1833

" "The bread of the stranger is bitter," says Dante, "and his staircase hard to climb." But who can know what the bitterness of dependence is so well as the poor companion of an old lady of quality?"


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in 1825

" Ah! heavy art thou, crown of Monomakh!"


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in 1825

" Like some magistrate grown gray in office, Calmly he contemplates alike the just And unjust, with indifference he notes Evil and good, and knows not wrath nor pity."


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in 1825

" Pimen [writing in front of a sacred lamp]: One more, the final record, and my annals Are ended, and fulfilled the duty laid By God on me a sinner. Not in vain Hath God appointed me for many years A witness, teaching me the art of letters; A day will come when some laborious monk Will bring to light my zealous, nameless toil, Kindle, as I, his lamp, and from the parchment Shaking the dust of ages will transcribe My true narrations."


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in 1823

" Always contented with his life, and with his dinner, and his wife."


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in 1823

" Unforced, as conversation passed, he had the talent of saluting felicitously every theme, of listening like a judge-supreme while serious topics were disputing, or, with an epigram-surprise, of kindling smiles in ladies' eyes."


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in 1823

" There yet remains but one concluding tale, And then this chronicle of mine is ended— Fulfilled, the duty God ordained to me, A sinner. Not without purpose did the Lord Put me to witness much for many years And educate me in the love of books. One day some indefatigable monk Will find my conscientious, unsigned work; Like me, he will light up his ikon-lamp And, shaking from the scroll the age-old dust, He will transcribe these tales in all their truth."

Prologue, sec. 5, l. 18-28.


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" But, as it is, this pied collection begs your indulgence — it's been spun from threads both sad and humoristic, themes popular or idealistic, products of carefree hours, of fun, of sleeplessness, faint inspirations, of powers unripe, or on the wane, of reason's icy intimations, and records of a heart in pain."


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" God grant you, friends, a helping hand— In cares of state and private plights, In rowdy feasts of friendship's band, In passion's sweet and secret rites! God grant you, friends, a helping hand— In daily woes and days of strife, On vacant sa, in distant land, In every black abyss of life!"

as quoted in Pushkin, Alexander (2009). Selected Lyric Poetry. Northwestern University Press, p. 121.


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in 1834

" Tis time, my friend, tis time! For rest the heart is aching; Days follow days in flight, and every day is taking Fragments of being, while together you and I Make plans to live. Look, all is dust, and we shall die."

Tis Time, My Friend, l. 1-5


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in 1833

" And thus He mused: "From here, indeed Shall we strike terror in the Swede? And here a city by our labor Founded, shall gall our haughty neighbor; "Here cut" - so Nature gives command - Your window through on Europe; stand Firm-footed by the sea, unchanging!"

from The Bronze Horseman


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in 1883

" Upon the brink of the wild stream He stood, and dreamt a mighty dream."

The Bronze Horseman. trans. Charles Johnston.


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" Yes, Mussorgsky is little short of an idiot."

Balakirev agreed with Stasov


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" I have no use for Mussorgsky. His views may tally with mine, but I have never heard him express an intelligent idea. All in him is flabby, dull. He is, it seems to me, a thorough idiot."

in a letter


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" [T]he Mighty Handful has degenerated into soulless traitors."


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" Because I am not a theorist, I could not teach him harmony (as, for instance Rimsky-Korsakov now teaches it) ... [but] I explained to him the form of compositions, and to do this we played through both Beethoven symphonies [as piano duets] and much else (Schumann, Schubert, Glinka, and others), analyzing the form"


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" His politeness and good manners were exceptional. The ladies made a fuss of him. He sat at the piano and, throwing up his hands coquettishly, played with extreme sweetness and grace (etc) extracts from Trovatore, Traviata, and so on, and around him buzzed in chorus: "Charmant, délicieux!" and suchlike. I met Modest Petrovich three or four times at Popov's in this way, both on duty and at the hospital."["


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" His little uniform was spic and span, close-fitting, his feet turned outwards, his hair smoothed down and greased, his nails perfectly cut, his hands well groomed like a lord's. His manners were elegant, aristocratic: his speech likewise, delivered through somewhat clenched teeth, interspersed with French phrases, rather precious. There was a touch—though very moderate—of foppishness."


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in 1916

" history is a graveyard of aristocracies"


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" Alas! turning an envious eye towards the past, inconsolable by anything on earth, I keep looking at that moment of my life when I saw her open her wings and fly away! I will see that instant until I die, that instant—too much for tears! when I cried out: "The child that I had just now— what! I don't have her any more!""

He describes his shock and grief of the death of his oldest daugter


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" All changes in nature are such that inasmuch is taken from one object insomuch is added to another. So, if the amount of matter decreases in one place, it increases elsewhere. This universal law of nature embraces laws of motion as well, for an object moving others by its own force in fact imparts to another object the force it loses"


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" An element is a part of a body that does not consist of any other smaller and different bodies ... corpuscle is a collection of elements forming one small mass."


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" Today I made an experiment in hermetic glass vessels in order to determine whether the mass of metals increases from the action of pure heat. The experiments– of which I append the record in 13 pages– demonstrated that the famous Robert Boyle was deluded, for without access of air from outside the mass of the burnt metal remains the same"

after trying to replicate Robert Boyle's experiment of 1673


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" To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work ... coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years."


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" regular heptadecagon (17-sided polygon) can be constructed with straightedge and compass"


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" ΕΥΡΗΚΑ! num = Δ + Δ’ + Δ"


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" Born in Catanzaro(1962-Italy) where he lives and works…Claudio Parentela is an illustrator,painter,photographer,mail artist,cartoonist,collagist,journalist free lance...Active since many years in the international contemporary art scene.He has collaborated&he collaborates with many,many zines,magazines of contemporary art,literary and of comics in Italy and in the world...& on the paper and on the web...some name amongst the many:NYArtsMagazine,Turntable & Blue Light Magazine, Komix,LitChaos,"


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" My beloved Elsa! Your cruel father has torn us apart. Eternally yours, Heinrich."


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" The main substance of our relationship has always been … Richard Wagner's remarkable and deeply moving destiny"


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" And to sleep, and sleep, and sleep— And to fall asleep forever, And to leave no trace At all, as if it were all the same Whether you had lived or died! Fate, where are you, fate where are you? I have none! If you begrudge me a good one, Lord, Then give me a bad one! A bad one!"


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" My fate, fate, where are you now? I have none; If you begrudge me a good one, Lord, Then give me a bad one! Let a walking man not sleep, To die in spirit And knock about the entire world Like a rotten stump. But let me live, with my heart live And love people. And if not… then curse And burn the world! It’s horrible to end up in chains To die in captivity, But it’s worse to be free"


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" The days pass, the nights pass, As does summer. Yellowed leaves Rustle, eyes grow dim, Thoughts fall asleep, the heart sleeps, All has gone to rest, and I don’t know Whether I’m alive or will live, Or whether I’m rushing like this through the world, For I’m no longer weeping or laughing…"


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in 1957

" If you say why not bomb them tomorrow, I say why not today? If you say today at five o' clock, I say why not one o' clock?"

As quoted in "The Passing of a Great Mind" by Clay Blair, Jr., in LIFE Magazine


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in 1955

" It is just as foolish to complain that people are selfish and treacherous as it is to complain that the magnetic field does not increase unless the electric field has a curl. Both are laws of nature."


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" When we talk mathematics, we may be discussing a secondary language built on the primary language of the nervous system."

As quoted in John von Neumann


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in 1956

" It is exceptional that one should be able to acquire the understanding of a process without having previously acquired a deep familiarity with running it, with using it, before one has assimilated it in an instinctive and empirical way… Thus any discussion of the nature of intellectual effort in any field is difficult, unless it presupposes an easy, routine familiarity with that field. In mathematics this limitation becomes very severe."

As quoted in "The Mathematician" in The World of Mathematics


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" The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work."

"Method in the Physical Sciences", in The Unity of Knowledge (1955), ed. L. G. Leary (Doubleday & Co., New York), p. 157


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" By and large it is uniformly true in mathematics that there is a time lapse between a mathematical discovery and the moment when it is useful; and that this lapse of time can be anything from 30 to 100 years, in some cases even more; and that the whole system seems to function without any direction, without any reference to usefulness, and without any desire to do things which are useful."

"The Role of Mathematics in the Sciences and in Society" (1954) an address to Princeton alumni


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" A large part of mathematics which becomes useful developed with absolutely no desire to be useful, and in a situation where nobody could possibly know in what area it would become useful; and there were no general indications that it ever would be so."

The Role of Mathematics in the Sciences and in Society an address to Princeton alumni


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" Any one who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. For, as has been pointed out several times, there is no such thing as a random number — there are only methods to produce random numbers, and a strict arithmetic procedure of course is not such a method."

in Monte Carlo Method (1951) edited by A.S. Householder, G.E. Forsythe, and H.H. Germond


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" But, once they are conceived, the subject begins to live a peculiar life of its own and is … governed by almost entirely aesthetical motivations. In other words, at a great distance from its empirical source, or after much "abstract" inbreeding, a mathematical subject is in danger of degeneration. Whenever this stage is reached the only remedy seems to me to be the rejuvenating return to the source: the reinjection of more or less directly empirical ideas."

"The Mathematician", in The Works of the Mind (1947) edited by R. B. Heywood, University of Chicago Press, Chicago


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" I think that it is a relatively good approximation to truth — which is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations — that mathematical ideas originate in empirics."

"The Mathematician", in The Works of the Mind (1947) edited by R. B. Heywood, University of Chicago Press, Chicago


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" I am very sorry to know and hear how irreverently that precious jewel, the Word of God, is disputed, rimed, sung, and jangled in every alehouse and tavern, contrary to the true meaning and doctrine of the same."

English Church History from the Death of King Henry VII to the Death of Archbishop Parker, Rev. Alfred Plummer, 1905, Edinburg, T. & T. Clark, p. 85


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" Be not judges yourselves of your own fantastical opinions and vain expositions; and although you be permitted to read Holy Scriptures and to have the Word of God in your mother tongue, you must understand it is licensed so to do only to inform your conscience and inform your children and families, not to make Scripture a railing and taunting stock against priests and preachers."


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" Alas, how can the poor souls live in concord when you preachers sow amongst them in your sermons debate and discord? They look to you for light and you bring them darkness. Amend these crimes, I exhort you, and set forth God's word truly, both by true preaching and giving a good example, or else, I, whom God has appointed his vicar and high minister here, will see these divisions extinct, and these enormities corrected..."

Last speech to parliament


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" We be informed by our judges that we at no time stand so highly in our estate royal as in the time of Parliament, wherein we as head and you as members are conjoined and knit together into one body politic, so as whatsoever offence or injury (during that time) is offered to the meanest member of the House is to be judged as done against our person and the whole Court of Parliament."

Speech to Parliament on parliamentary privilege (March/April 1542), as quoted in Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland Volume III (1808), by Raphael Holinshed, p. 824.


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" Well beloved subjects, wee thought that the clergie of our realme had been our subjectes wholy, but now we have well perceived that they bee but halfe our subjectes, yea, and scarce our subjectes: for all the prelates at their consecration make an othe to the pope, clene contrary to the the that they make to us, so that they seme to be his subjectes, and not ours."

Speech to Parliament (11 May, 1532), as quoted in Hall's Chronicle (1809), edited by Sir Henry Ellis, p. 788


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" for otherwise there would be no interference with a tribune even though he should try to demolish the Capitol or set fire to the naval arsenal. If a tribune does these things, he is a bad tribune; but if he annuls the power of the people, he is no tribune at all... And surely, if it is right for him to be made tribune by a majority of the votes of the tribes, it must be even more right for him to be deprived of his tribuneship by a unanimous vote."


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" sacred and inviolable, because he was consecrated to the people and was a champion of the people... If, then he should change about, wrong the people, maim its power, and rob it of the privilege of voting, he has by his own acts deprived himself of his honourable office by not fulfilling the conditions on which he received it; "

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" The wild beasts that roam over Italy have their dens, each has a place of repose and refuge. But the men who fight and die for Italy enjoy nothing but the air and light; without house or home they wander about with their wives and children."

Speaking before a crowd at the Rostra


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" showed neither discrimination nor moderation in putting to death whomsoever he pleased"


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" Qualis artifex pereo. (Translation: What an artist dies in me!)"


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" Vellem nescire literas."


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in 1854

" Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions."

Outside the shop a sign hung reading


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in 1866

" Resisting the slow touch of a frozen finger tracing out my spine."


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" How much longer are we English to assist foreign nations in misunderstand us, by holding up that ridiculous lay-figure of our race known by the style and title of John Bull?"

"One Grand Tour Deserves Another" in All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal


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" I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it."


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" It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand."

About having a book


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" La difficulté d'écrire l'anglais m'est extrêmement ennuyeuse. Ah, mon Dieu ! si l'on pouvait toujours écrire cette belle langue de France! (The difficulty of writing English is most tiresome to me. My God! If only we could write this beautiful language of France at all times!)"


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" O let us love our occupations, Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations, And always know our proper stations."

The Chimes, Second Quarter


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" I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here."

Comment while on an American tour (March 1842), as quoted in Dickens (1949) by Hesketh Pearson, Ch. 8


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in 1842

" They who strew the Eternal Path with the greatest amount of brimstone, and who most ruthlessly tread down the flowers and leaves that grow by the wayside, will be voted the most righteous; and they who enlarge with the greatest pertinacity on the difficulty of getting into heaven will be considered, by all true believers, certain of going there: though it would be hard to say by what process of reasoning this conclusion is arrived at."


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" Wherever religion is resorted to as a strong drink, and as an escape from the dull, monotonous round of home, those of its ministers who pepper the highest will be the surest to please. "


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" The bright old day now dawns again; the cry runs through the the land, In England there shall be dear bread—in Ireland, sword and brand; And poverty, and ignorance, shall swell the rich and grand, So, rally round the rulers with the gentle iron hand, Of the fine old English Tory days; Hail to the coming time!"

The Fine Old English Gentleman


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" To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached, is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart."

Master Humphrey's Clock, (1840) Vol. 1


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" If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford."

in Madeline House, et al., The Letters of Charles Dickens


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" There were two classes of created objects which he held in the deepest and most unmingled horror: they were, dogs and children. He was not unamiable, but he could at any time have viewed the execution of a dog, or the assassination of an infant, with the liveliest satisfaction. Their habits were at variance with his love of order; and his love of order, was as powerful as his love of life."

"A Dinner at Poplar Walk" (1833), later published as "Mr. Minns and his Cousin"


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in 1833

" Mr. Augustus Minns was a bachelor, of about forty as he said — of about eight-and-forty as his friends said. He was always exceedingly clean, precise, and tidy: perhaps somewhat priggish, and the most retiring man in the world."

First lines of Dicken's first published work, originally titled "A Dinner at Poplar Walk" (1833), later published as "Mr. Minns and his Cousin"


750340
0
1
750340
750340
0
750340

to
in 1901

" "Just as only a lover can reveal to a man what life means to him and develop its innermost significance, I feel the same about these paintings."

wrote, in his Speech on Klimt:


750331
0
1
750331
750331
0
750331

in 1937

" The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."

Attributed in How to Win Friends and Influence People


750325
0
1
750325
750325
0
750325

in 1932

" I believe the power to make money is a gift of God … to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience."

Interview with William Hoster, quoted in God's Gold


750324
0
1
750324
750324
0
750324


" I believe it is a religious duty to get all the money you can, fairly and honestly; to keep all you can, and to give away all you can."

TIME Magazine


750323
2
1
750323
750323
0
750323


" I was early taught to work as well as play, My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play — I dropped the worry on the way — And God was good to me every day."

Verses written on his eighty-sixth birthday


750322
2
1
750322
750322
0
750322

in 1918

" The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit — a reputation, character."

The Men Who Are Making America (1918) by Bertie Charles Forbes


750321
0
1
750321
750321
0
750321

in 1915

" God gave me my money."

Women's Home Companion (1915), quoted in God's Gold (1932) by John T. Flynn


750320
0
1
750320
750320
0
750320


" It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy."

Attributed as a statement to his Bible class (1 April 1905) in "The Loneliness of John D. Rockefeller", Current Literature (November 1906) vol. 41 no. 5,


750319
2
1
750319
750319
0
750319

in 1901

" The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money."

As quoted in How They Succeeded (1901) by Orison Swett Marden


750318
0
1
750318
750318
0
750318


" The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money."


750317
0
1
750317
750317
0
750317


" "The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist" "


749319
2
1
749319
749319
0
749319


" Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time."


749259
2
1
749259
749259
0
749259

in 2006

" Cheney’s a good man. He’s got a good heart. [Pause] Well, he’s a good man."


747871
0
1
747871
747871
0
747871

in 2000

" Over the last few months I’ve lost 10 pounds. Where did they go? Why haven’t I produced them to the independent counsel? How did some of them manage to wind up on Tim Russert?"

at the 2000 White House correspondents’ dinner


747870
0
1
747870
747870
0
747870

in 1989

" People say I’m indecisive, but I don’t know about that."

at the 1989 Gridiron Club dinner


747869
0
1
747869
747869
0
747869

in 1979

" Press Secretary Jody Powell “has been trying to persuade me to reopen the White House swimming pool — suddenly. . . Any of you that survive would, of course, have permanent swimming privileges."

riffing at the correspondents’ dinner about the old White House indoor swimming pool that Richard Nixon covered over to build the press room


747867
0
1
747867
747867
0
747867

in 1974

" At a time when funds for the defense budget may be cut, it’s comforting to see so many of the big guns from your industry still getting loaded."

at a boozy Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner


747866
0
1
747866
747866
0
747866

in 1971

" Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I wouldn’t want to wake up next to a lady pipefitter."

in Ms. magazine when asked about women’s lib


747865
0
1
747865
747865
0
747865

in 1961

" I don’t see anything wrong with giving Bobby a little legal experience before he goes out on his own to practice law."

responding to criticism that Robert Kennedy wasn’t qualified to be attorney general


747864
0
1
747864
747864
0
747864

in 1915

" Jerry — you recall Jerry, whose cards I once sent you to Europe — came in while I was pondering your notes in glad reflection, and we talked about it."

referring to his penis, which he named Jerry, in a 1915 love letter to his mistress Carrie Fulton Phillips


747861
0
1
747861
747861
0
747861

in 1884

" Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House. Ha ha ha!"

who had two separate administrations but just not enough good quips to fill them both, so we turn to a joke told not by but about Cleveland during the 1884 race, concerning rumors that he had fathered a child out of wedlock


747860
0
1
747860
747860
0
747860

in 1825

" A barbarian who cannot write a sentence of grammar and can hardly spell his own name."


747859
0
1
747859
747859
0
747859


" I always talk better lying down."


747857
2
1
747857
747857
0
747857

to
in 1803

" He[John Adams] is as disinterested as the being who made him."


747856
0
1
747856
747856
0
747856

to
in 1785

" That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler!"


747855
0
1
747855
747855
0
747855

in 1788

" Now you are well served for coming to fight in favour of the American Rebels, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, by catching that terrible Contagion — domestic felicity — which like the small pox or the plague, a man can have only once in his life: because it commonly lasts him (at least with us in America — I don’t know how you manage these matters in France) for his whole life time."

letter congratulating the Marquis de Chastellux on his recent marriage


747854
0
1
747854
747854
0
747854

in 2012

" I have a lot more material prepared, but I have to get the Secret Service home in time for their new curfew."


(
38.897639,-77.036567
)

747853
0
1
747853
747853
0
747853

in 1993

" I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act."

Attributed to Reynolds in: Colin Jarman (1993). The Book of Poisonous Quotes. p. 129


747642
0
1
747642
747642
0
747642


" You can only hold your stomach in for so many years."

Attributed to Reynolds in: Orange Coast Magazine, Oct. 1984. p. 143


747641
3
2
747641
747641
0
747641

in 1972

" My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave."

In: Briton Hadden, ‎Henry Robinson Luce (1972). Time, Vol. 100. p. 43


747640
0
1
747640
747640
0
747640

to

" Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world."


747564
3
1
747564
747564
0
747564

to

" To me his (Edgar Allan Poe's) prose is unreadable — like Jane Austen. No there is a difference. I could read his prose on salary, but not Jane's. Jane is entirely impossible. It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death."


747126
2
1
747126
747126
0
747126

to
in 1920

" There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us."


745883
0
2
745883
745883
0
745883

to

" Why, this is violence! (Ista quidem vis est!)"


745795
2
1
745795
745795
0
745795


" And while my illness was at its worst, I still painted, among other things a reminiscence of Brabant, cottages with mossy roofs and beech hedges on an autumn evening with a stormy sky, the sun setting red in reddish clouds."


745603
2
1
745603
745603
0
745603


" What, Sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce."


745540
2
1
745540
745540
0
745540


" To hell with the government...You New Dealer!"


745070
2
1
745070
745070
0
745070

in 1933

" Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."


745051
1
1
745051
745051
0
745051

to

" This time it's simply my bedroom, but the color will have to do the job here"


744990
2
1
744990
744990
0
744990

in 1963

" Dont try to hide your arousal, honey. It's not possible."


744645
1
2
744645
744645
1
744645

in 2015

" When we play soccer its art."


744544
0
1
744544
744544
0
744544


" I can drink 20 drinks, its fucking scary."


744543
2
1
744543
744543
0
744543

to
in 2006

" Dont complain without offering a solution."


(
41.883,-87.633
)

744542
0
1
744542
744542
0
744542


" he was my dad of patrick"


(
38.897639,-77.036567
)

744089
3
1
744089
744089
19
744089

in 1883

" From the moment I crossed the threshold of the Olmutz theatre I felt like one awaiting the wrath of God."


743650
0
2
743650
743650
0
743650

in 1880

" It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt."


742491
0
2
742491
742491
0
742491

in 1862

" The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

The House of the Dead (1862) as translated by Constance Garnett; as cited in The Yale Book of Quotations (2006) by Fred R. Shapiro, p. 210


742490
0
1
742490
742490
0
742490

in 1876

" Neither a person nor a nation can exist without some higher idea. And there is only one higher idea on earth, and it is the idea of the immortality of the human soul, for all other higher ideas of life by which humans might live derive from that idea alone"

A Writer's Diary, Volume 1: 1873-1876 (1994), p. 734


742489
0
1
742489
742489
0
742489

in 1954

" If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth."

Letter To Mme. N. D. Fonvisin (1854), as published in Letters of Fyodor Michailovitch Dostoevsky to his Family and Friends (1914), translated by Ethel Golburn Mayne, Letter XXI, p. 71


742488
0
2
742488
742488
1
742488

in 1939

" To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man."


742487
0
1
742487
742487
1
742487

to

" I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesnt wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ...we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us"


(
42.1497,-74.9384
)

740503
3
1
740503
740503
0
740503

in 1951

" They said, You’re going to make a lot of mistakes. And I told them, You don’t understand; I want to be free to do so."


740473
0
1
740473
740473
0
740473


" Could I share a personal thought with you tonight, because tonight's kind of special to me. It's the last time, of course, that I will address you under these same circumstances. I hope you'll invite me back to future conventions. Nancy and I will be forever grateful for the honor you've done us, for the opportunity to serve, and for your friendship and trust"


738125
6
1
738125
738125
0
738125

in 1906

" Just knock the balls around a little so that I can get your gait, I will be perfectly fair with you. Ill play you left-handed. I felt hurt, for he was cross-eyed, freckled, and had red hair, and I determined to teach him a lesson. He won first shot, ran out, took my half-dollar, and all I got was the opportunity to chalk my cue."


738062
1
1
738062
738062
0
738062

in 1906

" The game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition. Once, when I was an underpaid reporter in Virginia City, whenever I wished to play billiards I went out to look for an easy mark. One day a stranger came to town and opened a billiard parlor. I looked him over casually. When he proposed a game, I answered, All right."


738061
1
1
738061
738061
0
738061


" The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."


737301
4
1
737301
737301
0
737301

in 1934

" The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane."


736468
1
1
736468
736468
0
736468

in 1934

" Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality."


736467
1
1
736467
736467
0
736467


" But the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress."


736466
3
1
736466
736466
0
736466


" Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket."


736465
3
1
736465
736465
0
736465


" When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. "


736464
4
2
736464
736464
0
736464


" The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. He lives and labors and hopes."


736463
3
1
736463
736463
0
736463


" I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view."


736462
3
1
736462
736462
0
736462


" If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor."


736461
3
1
736461
736461
0
736461


" I have harnessed the cosmic rays and caused them to operate a motive device."


736460
5
2
736460
736460
1
736460


" Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine."


736459
3
1
736459
736459
0
736459


" Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life."


736458
3
1
736458
736458
0
736458

in 1908

" As soon as it is completed, it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or elsewhere. "


736457
1
2
736457
736457
0
736457


" ...humanity will be like an ant heap stirred up with a stick: See the excitement coming!"


736456
3
1
736456
736456
0
736456


" when the first plant is inaugurated and it is shown that a telegraphic message, almost as secret and non-interferable as a thought, can be transmitted to any terrestrial distance, the sound of the human voice, with all its intonations and inflections, faithfully and instantly reproduced at any other point of the globe, the energy of a waterfall made available for supplying light, heat or motive power, anywhere — on sea, or land, or high in the air —"


736455
3
2
736455
736455
0
736455


" When the great truth accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed is fully recognized, that this planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball and that by this fact many possibilities, each baffling imagination and of incalculable consequence, are rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment;"


736454
3
1
736454
736454
0
736454


" Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more."


736453
3
1
736453
736453
0
736453


" A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes in Nature. "


(
39.95,-75.16666667
)

736452
3
1
736452
736452
0
736452


" Nature may reach the same result in many ways. Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present."


(
39.95,-75.16666667
)

736451
4
2
736451
736451
1
736451


" There is something within me that might be illusion as it is often case with young delighted people, but if I would be fortunate to achieve some of my ideals, it would be on the behalf of the whole of humanity. If those hopes would become fulfilled, the most exciting thought would be that it is a deed of a Serb."


736450
3
1
736450
736450
0
736450


" Throughout space there is energy. Is this energy static or kinetic! If static our hopes are in vain; if kinetic — and this we know it is, for certain — then it is a mere question of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the very wheelwork of nature."


(
51.5,-0.133333333
)

736449
3
1
736449
736449
0
736449


" Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. This idea is not novel. Men have been led to it long ago by instinct or reason; it has been expressed in many ways, and in many places, in the history of old and new. We find it in the delightful myth of Antheus, who derives power from the earth; we find it among the subtle speculations of one of your splendid mathematicians and in many hints and statements of thinkers of the present time"


(
51.5,-0.133333333
)

736448
3
2
736448
736448
0
736448


" Alternate currents, especially of high frequencies, pass with astonishing freedom through even slightly rarefied gases. The upper strata of the air are rarefied. To reach a number of miles out into space requires the overcoming of difficulties of a merely mechanical nature."


(
51.5,-0.133333333
)

736447
3
2
736447
736447
0
736447


" Though we have no positive evidence of a charged body existing in space without other oppositely electrified bodies being near, there is a fair probability that the earth is such a body, for by whatever process it was separated from other bodies — and this is the accepted view of its origin — it must have retained a charge, as occurs in all processes of mechanical separation."


736446
3
2
736446
736446
0
736446


" A point of great importance would be first to know: what is the capacity of the earth? And what charge does it contain if electrified?"


736445
3
3
736445
736445
1
736445


" My dear Mrs. Johnson, What is the matter with inkspiller Kipling? He actually dared to invite me to dine in an obscure hotel where I would be sure to get hair and cockroaches in the soup. Yours truly, N. Tesla"


736441
3
1
736441
736441
0
736441

in 2004

" It's hard to explain but I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard. And this desire never to stop fighting is something else I learnt in the place where I grew up."


735979
1
1
735979
735979
0
735979

in 2004

" I was lucky to come from a difficult area. It teaches you not just about football but also life. There were lots of kids from different races and poor families. People had to struggle to get through the day. Music was important. Football was the easy part."


735978
1
1
735978
735978
0
735978

in 2004

" It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up."


735977
1
1
735977
735977
0
735977


" Sometimes I don't know what takes me over during a game. Sometimes I just feel I have moved to a different place and I can make the pass, score the goal or go past my marker at will."


735976
3
1
735976
735976
0
735976

in 1950

" We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done."


735973
1
1
735973
735973
0
735973

in 1950

" The view that machines cannot give rise to surprises is due, I believe, to a fallacy to which philosophers and mathematicians are particularly subject. This is the assumption that as soon as a fact is presented to a mind all consequences of that fact spring into the mind simultaneously with it. It is a very useful assumption under many circumstances, but one too easily forgets that it is false."


735972
1
1
735972
735972
0
735972

in 1950

" I am not very impressed with theological arguments whatever they may be used to support. Such arguments have often been found unsatisfactory in the past. "


735971
1
1
735971
735971
0
735971

in 1950

" I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted."


735970
1
1
735970
735970
0
735970

in 1950

" The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer."


735969
1
1
735969
735969
0
735969

in 1950

" We are not asking whether all digital computers would do well in the game nor whether the computers at present available would do well, but whether there are imaginable computers which would do well."


735968
1
1
735968
735968
0
735968

in 1950

" May not machines carry out something which ought to be described as thinking but which is very different from what a man does?"


735967
1
1
735967
735967
0
735967

in 1950

" We do not wish to penalise the machine for its inability to shine in beauty competitions, nor to penalise a man for losing in a race against an aeroplane. The conditions of our game make these disabilities irrelevant."


735966
1
1
735966
735966
0
735966


" A man provided with paper, pencil, and rubber, and subject to strict discipline, is in effect a universal machine."


735965
3
1
735965
735965
0
735965

in 1946

" Instruction tables will have to be made up by mathematicians with computing experience and perhaps a certain puzzle-solving ability. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself."


735964
1
1
735964
735964
0
735964

in 1938

" Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. The activity of the intuition consists in making spontaneous judgements which are not the result of conscious trains of reasoning... The exercise of ingenuity in mathematics consists in aiding the intuition through suitable arrangements of propositions, and perhaps geometrical figures or drawings."


735963
1
1
735963
735963
0
735963

in 1935

" The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first."


735156
3
1
735156
735156
0
735156

in 1955

" You don't get older, you get better."


735153
1
2
735153
735153
1
735153

in 1953

" I think the main reason my marriages failed is that I always loved too well but never wisely."


734826
1
2
734826
734826
1
734826

in 1940

" Be yourself. The world worships the original."


734567
1
3
734567
734567
0
734567

in 1929

" Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it."


733992
1
2
733992
733992
0
733992

in 1966

" I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven"


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in 1950

" The most important thing is to enjoy your life. To be happy. It's all that matters."


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in 1964

" It's never too late. Never too late to start over, never too late to be happy."


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to
in 2013

" I regard texture similar to the function of taste buds in our mouths. But in a visual form. Texture does create a specific flavour which affects our senses."

Panart Visual Arts Magazine


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1
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to
in 2014

" Most people don't like to be confronted with an actual fact-of-life because it's difficult to metabolize. A painting of a bowl of fruit is much easier. It's for the same reason why we don't like going to the doctor. The diagnosis and x-rays are too honest. This is what creates the perception that contemporary art is shocking or suspicious."

Adamo Macri: Sculptural Chameleon ArtBookGuy - Michael K. Corbin


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to
in 2014

" Art exhibitions would be less censored if they were rated, G or NC-17, like movies. People in general see galleries and museums as family-appropriate excursions. Censorship is a provided system which caters to lazy parenting, which is publicly-funded and socially accepted."

Adamo Macri: Sculptural Chameleon ArtBookGuy - Michael K. Corbin


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1
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to
in 2013

" I do preach the idea of individualism as in not adapting any kind of style or model other than that one of your own. I always found it strange in art history when studying about the different guilds and movements. It sounded too contrived and having to follow devised parameters to create art. I personally am not a team player in that manner. The art should be labeled by the artist's name only."


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1
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0
732829

in 1951

" I am not a has-been. I am a will be."


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1
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732754

in 1929

" Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it"


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1
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in 1968

" We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right."


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732748

in 1956

" Ingemar Stenmark , born March 18, 1956 in Joesjö , Västerbotten County , is one of history's premier alpine skiers with a total of two Olympic gold medals , five World Championship gold medals and 86 world cup victories in the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom "


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2
1
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0
732608

in 1956

" Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it."


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2
2
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0
732580


" Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you"


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1
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732306

in 1947

" The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."


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in 1973

" Government must learn to take less from people so that people can do more for themselves."


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