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He who dies of epidemic disease is a martyr.

—Muhammad, c. 630

I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.

—Maxine Hong Kingston, 1976

He that serves God for money will serve the Devil for better wages.

—Roger L’Estrange, 1692

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

—H.G. Wells, 1920

I tell you, there is such a thing as creative hate!

—Willa Cather, 1915

O citizens, first acquire wealth; you can practice virtue afterward.

—Horace, c. 8 BC

The law looks at no one’s face.

—Gabriel Okara, 1964

I wants to make your flesh creep.

—Charles Dickens, 1837

When they shout “Long live progress,” always ask, “Progress of what?”

—Stanisław Jerzy Lec, 1957

The ability to store our data externally helps us imagine that our time is limitless, our space infinite.

—Carina Chocano, 2012

Patriotism is an ephemeral motive that scarcely ever outlasts the particular threat to society that aroused it.

—Denis Diderot, 1774

Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it.

—Robert Wilson, 1991

As matron and mistress will differ in temper and tone, so will the friend be distinct from the faithless parasite.

—Horace, c. 20 BC