An American will build a house in which to pass his old age and sell it before the roof is on.

—Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1735

God sells us all things at the price of labor.

—Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1500

Fashion, n. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1911

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. 

—Abraham Lincoln

One’s body, hair, and skin are a gift from one’s parents—do not dare to allow them to be harmed.

—Classic of Filial Piety, c. 200 BC

Eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep, eight hours for what we will.

—Slogan of the National Labor Union of the United States, 1866

Perish the universe, provided I have my revenge.

—Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, 1654

In my dreams I sleep with everybody.

—Anaïs Nin, 1933

It is better to live unknown to the law.

—Irish proverb

All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890

Drunkenness is the very sepulcher / Of man’s wit and his discretion.

—Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1390

We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.

—John Locke, 1690