A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Journals"
I know too much to be a sceptic and too little to be a dogmatist. Pierre Bayle, "Historical and Critical Dictionary"
Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness. Jean Rostand, "The Substance of Man"
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. George Eliot, "The Mill on the Floss"
A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else. George Bernard Shaw, "John Bull's Other Island"
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, "The Life of Reason"