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1981


" I love the man, and that’s it."

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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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1833

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" 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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" 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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" 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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1827


" 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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1834

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" 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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1833

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" 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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1883

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" 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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1858

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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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1856

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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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" 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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1748


" 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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1741

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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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1756

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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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1832

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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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1801

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


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1796


" ΕΥΡΗΚΑ! num = Δ + Δ’ + Δ"


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2016

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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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1867

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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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1957

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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1955

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" 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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in 1955

" 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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1956

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" 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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1955

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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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1954

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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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1951

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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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1947

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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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1545


" 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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1542


" 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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1532


" 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; "

Tiberius justified the expulsion of Octavius by stating that a tribune was


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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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1854

in 1854

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

Outside the shop a sign hung reading


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1866

in 1866

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


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1862


" 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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1859

in 1859

" 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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1857

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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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1850

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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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1844

in 1844

" 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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1842


" 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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in 1842

" 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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1841

in 1841

" 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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1840

in 1840

" 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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1835

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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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1833

in 1833

" 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"


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1901

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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:


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1937

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


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1932

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


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1928


" 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


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1925


" 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


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1918

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


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1915

in 1915

" God gave me my money."

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


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1905


" 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,


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1901

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


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" 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."


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1943


" "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" "


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1815


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


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2006

in 2006

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


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2000

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


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1989

in 1989

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

at the 1989 Gridiron Club dinner


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1979

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


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1974

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


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1971

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


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1961

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


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1915

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


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1884

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


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1825

in 1825

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


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1836


" I always talk better lying down."


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1803

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


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1785

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in 1785

" That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler!"


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1788

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


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