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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.

—Voltaire, 1723

He who sings frightens away his ills.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

There are times when reality becomes too complex for oral communication. But legend gives it a form by which it pervades the whole world.

—Jean-Luc Godard, 1965

’Tis not a ridiculous devotion to say a prayer before a game at tables?

—Thomas Browne, 1642

A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy till they die!

—Philip Roth, 1969

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.

—Martin Luther

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

—Bertrand Russell, 1961

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.

—Vegetius, c. 385

Charity is murder and you know it.

—Dorothy Parker, 1956

The root of the kingdom is in the State. The root of the State is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its Head.

—Mengzi , c. 270 BC

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

—Plato, c. 348 BC

The freedom or immunity from coercion in matters religious, which is the endowment of persons as individuals, is also to be recognized as their right when they act in community. Religious communities are a requirement of the social nature both of man and of religion itself.

—Pope Paul VI, 1965

Let my epitaph be, “Here lies Joseph, who failed in everything he undertook.”

—Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, 1790