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Whoever has died is freed from sin.

—St. Paul, c. 50

A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated has not the art of getting drunk.

—Samuel Johnson, 1779

I am ill every time it blows hard, and nothing but my enthusiastic love for the profession keeps me one hour at sea.

—Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1804

War is the child of pride, and pride the daughter of riches.

—Jonathan Swift, 1697

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

—John Lennon, 1970

To hold a throne is luck; to bestow it, virtue.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 45

If I lose at play, I blaspheme, and if my fellow loses, he blasphemes. So that God is always sure to be the loser.

—John Donne, 1623

And, after all, what is a lie? ’Tis but the truth in masquerade.

—Lord Byron, 1822

“Abroad,” that large home of ruined reputations.

—George Eliot, 1866

If the heavens were all parchment, and the trees of the forest all pens, and every human being were a scribe, it would still be impossible to record all that I have learned from my teachers.

—Jochanan ben Zakkai, c. 75

The most may err as grossly as the few.

—John Dryden, 1681

Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.

—John Berger, 1987

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

—Duke of Wellington, c. 1819