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Death renders all equal.

—Claudian, c. 395

The spirit of revolution, the spirit of insurrection, is a spirit radically opposed to liberty.

—François Guizot, 1830

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.

—Frederick Douglass, 1852

Insurgents are like conquerors: they must go forward; the moment they are stopped, they are lost.

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819

Night is torment. That is why people go to sleep. To avoid clear sight and torment.

—Dorothy M. Richardson, 1923

The belly is the reason why man does not mistake himself for a god.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886

God is alive. Magic is afoot.

—Leonard Cohen, 1966

In every man is a wild beast; most of them don’t know how to hold it back, and the majority give it full rein when they are not restrained by terror of law.

—Frederick the Great, 1759

If one hears bad music, it is one’s duty to drown it by conversation.

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

As the saying goes, an old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.

—Chinua Achebe, 1958

The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body.

—Anaïs Nin, 1935

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made—through disobedience and through rebellion.

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

Drinking with women is as unnatural as scolding with ’em.

—William Wycherley, 1675