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"Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend."
Persian writer, mathematician
"War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men."
French minister, clergy
"Leisure is the mother of Philosophy."
English philosopher, scholar
"Lest men suspect your tale untrue,
Keep probability in view."
"It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe."
"An empty canvas, apparently really empty, that says nothing and is without significance. Almost dull, in fact. In reality, however, [it's] crammed with thousands of undertone tensions and [is] full of expectancy. Slightly apprehensive lest it should be outraged ... It can contain anything but cannot sustain everything ... An empty canvas is a living wonderfar lovelier than certain pictures."
"It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four."
"Almost everything serious is difficult, and everything is serious."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"I was about as much in demand as cancer."
Max Baer, Jr.
, on his post-"Beverly Hillbillies" career
"I don't think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did."
(son of Lloyd Bridges, brother of Beau Bridges)
"I really don't like when things are all polished and perfectthe perfect love story and the hair is perfect."
"I love the confidence that makeup gives me."
"Music does not exist until it is performed."
"The summer that I was ten
Can it be there was only one summer that I was ten? It must
have been a long one then"
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
US musician, composer
(was married to Gail)
"It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just."
Chief Justice (CA)