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There is nothing worse for mortals than a wandering life.

—Homer, c. 750 BC

I drink for the thirst to come.

—François Rabelais, 1535

Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.

—William Penn, 1693

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

—Aristotle, c. 350 BC

Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1886

In tampering with the earth, we tamper with a mystery.

—Jonathan Schell, 2000

There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1790

Quarreling must lead to disorder, and disorder exhaustion.

—Xunzi, c. 250 BC

To make laws that man cannot and will not obey serves to bring all law into contempt.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1860

Nobody works as hard for his money as the man who marries it.

—Kin Hubbard

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.

—James Madison, 1794

One of the animals which a generous and sociable man would soonest become is a dog. A dog can have a friend; he has affections and character; he can enjoy equally the field and the fireside; he dreams, he caresses, he propitiates; he offends and is pardoned; he stands by you in adversity; he is a good fellow.

—Leigh Hunt, 1834

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term art, I should call it “the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul.” The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of “artist.”

—Edgar Allan Poe, 1849