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Death renders all equal.

—Claudian, c. 395

God walks among the pots and pans.

—Saint Teresa of Ávila, c. 1582

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

—Michel Foucault, 1975

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

—Patricia Highsmith, 1960

The various modes of religion which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosophers equally false, and by the magistrate as equally useful.

—Edward Gibbon, 1776

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.

—Fanny Burney, 1782

What is food to one is to others bitter poison.

—Lucretius, 50 BC

If you must take care that your opinions do not differ in the least from those of the person with whom you are talking, you might just as well be alone.

—Yoshida Kenko, c. 1330

A maid that laughs is half taken.

—John Ray, 1670

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

—E.B. White, 1958

Family! Thou art the home of all social evil, a charitable institution for comfortable women, an anchorage for house-fathers, and a hell for children.

—August Strindberg, 1886

Every gift has a personality—that of its giver.

—Nuruddin Farah, 1992

The children of the revolution are always ungrateful, and the revolution must be grateful that it is so.

—Ursula K. Le Guin, 1983