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In a true democracy, everyone can be upper-class and live in Connecticut.

—Lisa Birnbach, 1980

Diseases, at least many of them, are like human beings. They are born, they flourish, and they die.

—David Riesman, 1937

Cheating is more honorable than stealing. 

—German proverb

The art of invention grows young with the things invented.

—Francis Bacon, 1605

In the country gossip is a pastime; in the city it is a warfare.

—W.M.L. Jay, 1870

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.

—Herodotus, 440 BC

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706

I wonder whether if I had an education I should have been more or less a fool than I am. 

—Alice James, 1889

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

—Leon Trotsky

There is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943

It is He who has subdued the ocean so that you may eat of its fresh fish and bring up from its depth ornaments to wear. Behold the ships plowing their course through it. All this, that you may seek His bounty and render thanks.

—The Qur’an, c. 625

I am a friend of the workingman, and I would rather be his friend than be one.

—Clarence Darrow, 1932

As to the sea itself, love it you cannot. Why should you? I will never believe again the sea was ever loved by anyone whose life was married to it. It is the creation of omnipotence, which is not of humankind and understandable, and so the springs of its behavior are hidden.

—H.M. Tomlinson, 1912