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It costs a lot to make a person look this cheap. 

—Dolly Parton, 1994

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

I cannot live without books, but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1815

Good fortune turns aside destruction by a great god.

—Instructions of Ankhsheshonqy, c. 100 BC

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

—Oscar Wilde, 1893

 Do not lessen the time of following desire, for the wasting of time is an abomination to the spirit.

—Ptahhotep, c. 2350 BC

Law makes long spokes of the short stakes of men.

—William Empson, 1928

I have yet, I believe, some years in store, for I have a good state of health and a happy mind, and I take care of both by nourishing the first with temperance and the latter with abundance. This, I believe, you will allow to be the true philosophy of life.

—Thomas Paine, 1803

The most fitting occupation for a civilized man is to do nothing.

—Théophile Gautier, c. 1835

We must not always talk in the marketplace of what happens to us in the forest.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

—Confucius, c. 500 BC

All the married heiresses I have known have shipwrecked.

—Benjamin Disraeli, 1880

To need to dominate others is to need others. The commander is dependent.

—Fernando Pessoa, c. 1935