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famous quotes from history


"a musician must have the heart of a Gypsy and the discipline of a Soldier."


Winston Churchill

"It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."

...in 1939 about Russia.


"He who has knowledge walks among men as among animals."


jim morrison

"Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies."


jim morrison

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."


jim morrison

"I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then - whoosh, and I'm gone... and they'll never see anything like it ever again, and they won't be able to forget me - ever."


President Theodore Roosevelt

"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room but for one language here and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality; we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people."

TR said this in 1907 as immigration reached a record 1,285,000 that year

President Theodore Roosevelt

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

(1858 - 1919)


"This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire."

In the 18th century, Voltaire ridiculed its nomenclature by saying that the Holy Roman Empire was "neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire".

Salvador Dalí

"It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning."

this is one of my favourites

Lao Tzu

"Knowing ignorance is strength; ignoring knowledge is sickness."


Frédéric Chopin

"The earth is suffocating .... Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won't be buried alive."

last words of composer, Frédéric Chopin

Jim Morrison

"Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" - (True to his own spirit.)

This is the epitaph on Jim Morrisons headstone in Cemetiere du Père Lachaise in Paris.

John Lennon

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."



"Nunca vino pellite curas."

(Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Roman poet (65 BC - 8 BC) Transl:  Now drown care in wine.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid."



"What's past is prologue."



"This above all else, to thine own self be true."

from Hamlet... Polonious to Laertes

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."


Linda Stone

"We live in an age of continuous partial attention."

Microsoft VP

Herman Melville

"pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"



"Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem."

from the Aeneid... "The one hope for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety; knowing there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win Virgil"
(the one hope of the doomed is not to hope for safty. or The only safety for the conquered is to expect no safety.)