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Fate leads the willing and drags along those who hang back.

—Cleanthes, c. 250 BC

Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

I never yet could make out why men are so fond of hunting; they often hurt themselves, often spoil good horses, and tear up the fields—and all for a hare or a fox or a stag that they could get more easily some other way.

—Anna Sewell, 1877

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a star.

—Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1825

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.

—Antonio Porchia, 1943

Fear has a smell, as love does.

—Margaret Atwood, 1972

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.

 

—Tennessee Williams, 1953

If fame is only to come after death, I am in no hurry for it.

—Martial, c. 86

We possess art lest we perish of the truth.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1887

Life is no way to treat an animal.

—Kurt Vonnegut, 2005

In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you’re told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.

—Simon Hoggart, 1990

I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.

—Aldous Huxley, 1925

Can we not live without pleasure, who cannot but with pleasure die?

—Tertullian, c. 215