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Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.

—Arthur Schopenhauer, 1851

Many need no other provocation to enmity than that they find themselves excelled.

—Samuel Johnson, 1751

I’ve a grand memory for forgetting.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

He that will cheat you at play, will cheat you any way.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.

—Fran Lebowitz, 1981

The true mission of American sports is to prepare young men for war.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, c. 1952

Man is the one name belonging to every nation upon earth: there is one soul and many tongues, one spirit and various sounds; every country has its own speech, but the subjects of speech are common to all.

—Tertullian, c. 217

I do not amuse myself by thinking of dead people.

—Napoleon Bonaparte, 1807

My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.

—Karl Kraus, c. 1910

A dead enemy always smells good.

—Aulus Vitellius, 69

How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.

—Søren Kierkegaard, 1843

Little folks become their little fate.

—Horace, c. 20 BC

To ensure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough; a police force is needed as well.

—Albert Camus, 1951