Understanding is a very dull occupation.

—Gertrude Stein, 1937

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will—whatever we may think.

—Lawrence Durrell, 1957

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

—Walt Whitman, 1855

I curse the night, yet doth from day me hide.

—William Drummond, 1616

I’d like to be a machine, wouldn’t you?

—Andy Warhol, 1963

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative on the day after the revolution.

—Hannah Arendt, 1970

To endeavor to forget anyone is a certain way of thinking of nothing else.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.

—Elizabeth I, 1588

Life is no way to treat an animal.

—Kurt Vonnegut, 2005

Natural rights is simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense—nonsense upon stilts.

—Jeremy Bentham, c. 1832

A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.

—Jane Austen, 1814

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

—Mario Cuomo, 1985

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1774