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War to the castles; peace to the cottages.

—Nicolas Chamfort, 1790

They say, “We only have the life of this world. We die and we live, and nothing destroys us but time.” Yet, not true knowledge have they of this—only belief.

—The Qur’an, c. 620

Your piping-hot lie is the best of lies.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC

There was no treachery too base for the world to commit.

—Virginia Woolf, 1927

The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day.

—Ernesto Che Guevara, 1968

Those who know the joys and miseries of celebrities when they have passed the age of forty know how to defend themselves.

—Sarah Bernhardt, 1904

The boy is, of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage. 

—Plato, c. 348 BC

Alongside all swindlers the state now stands there as swindler-in-chief.

—Jacob Burckhardt, c. 1875

Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.

—Miriam Makeba, 1988

‘Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860

The best physician is he who can distinguish the possible from the impossible.

—Herophilus, c. 290 BC

The more religious a country is, the more crimes are committed in it.

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1817

France has neither winter, summer, nor morals—apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.

—Mark Twain, 1879