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The sea receives us in a proper way only when we are without clothes.

—Pliny the Elder, 77

Revolutions never go backward.

—Thomas Skidmore, 1829

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

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, c. 1952

People react to fear, not love—they don’t teach that in Sunday school, but it’s true.

—Richard Nixon, 1975

Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.

—The Upanishads, c. 800 BC

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.

—J. Paul Getty

Secrecy lies at the very core of power.

—Elias Canetti, 1960

I’ve been on a calendar, but never on time.

—Marilyn Monroe, 1962

People can say what they like about the eternal verities, love and truth and so on, but nothing’s as eternal as the dishes.

—Margaret Mahy, 1985

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 250 BC

A criminal may improve and become a decent member of society. A foreigner cannot improve. Once a foreigner, always a foreigner. There is no way out for him.

—George Mikes, 1946

All things are filled full of signs, and it is a wise man who can learn about one thing from another.

—Plotinus, c. 255

A woman’s greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill.

—Pericles, c. 450 BC