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Born: 1937-05-08
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.

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A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.

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She would give them order. She would create constellations.

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There was no difference between the behavior of a god and the operations of pure chance.

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Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone.

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Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

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Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.

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The oldest, shortest words - 'yes' and 'no' - are those which require the most thought.

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As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

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As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom.

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Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.

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Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.

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Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.

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There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.

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Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.

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No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself.

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Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

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A thought is an idea in transit.

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Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few.

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Silence is better than unmeaning words.

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It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.

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There is a good principle which created order, light, and man, and an evil principle which created chaos, darkness, and woman.

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There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.

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Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.

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In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.

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Above all things, reverence yourself.

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The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.

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Virtue is harmony.

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Reason is immortal, all else mortal.

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The temple of Ceres should be in a solitary spot out of the city, to which the public are not necessarily led but for the purpose of sacrificing to her.

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When it passes towards the east, the sun begins to have less effect upon it, and a thin line on the edge of its bright side emits its splendour towards the earth.

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Wherefore the mere practical architect is not able to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts; and the theoretic architect also fails, grasping the shadow instead of the substance.

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Consistency is found in that work whose whole and detail are suitable to the occasion. It arises from circumstance, custom, and nature.

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Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.

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Beauty is produced by the pleasing appearance and good taste of the whole, and by the dimensions of all the parts being duly proportioned to each other.

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But I, Caesar, have not sought to amass wealth by the practice of my art, having been rather contented with a small fortune and reputation, than desirous of abundance accompanied by a want of reputation.

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Dimension regulated the general scale of the work, so that the parts may all tell and be effective.

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Marble is not alike in all countries.

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Music assists him in the use of harmonic and mathematical proportion.

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Quicksilver is used for many purposes; without it, neither silver nor brass can be properly gilt.

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The thickness of the walls should be sufficient for two armed men to pass each other with ease.

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Wind is a floating wave of air, whose undulation continually varies.

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An easy approach to the walls must be provided against: indeed they should be surrounded by uneven ground, and the roads leading to the gates should be winding and turn to the left from the gates.

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Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning; by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.

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Bodies which contain a greater proportion of water than is necessary to balance the other elements, are speedily corrupted, and lose their virtues and properties.

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Care should be taken that all buildings are well lighted: in those of the country this point is easily accomplished, because the wall of a neighbour is not likely to interfere with the light.

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Economy consists in a due and proper application of the means afforded according to the ability of the employer and the situation chosen; care being taken that the expenditure is prudently conducted.

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For an object under the eye will appear very different from the same object placed above it; in an inclosed space, very different from the same in an open space.

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From the exterior face of the wall towers must be projected, from which an approaching enemy may be annoyed by weapons, from the embrasures of those towers, right and left.

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Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science, but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language; because it is necessary to use many Greek words to which there are none corresponding in Latin.

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I am moreover inclined to be concise when I reflect on the constant occupation of the citizens in public and private affairs, so that in their few leisure moments they may read and understand as much as possible.

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I, therefore, O Caesar, do not publish this work, merely prefixing my name to a treatise which of right belongs to others, nor think of acquiring reputation by finding fault with the works of any one.

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In setting out the walls of a city the choice of a healthy situation is of the first importance: it should be on high ground, neither subject to fogs nor rains; its aspects should be neither violently hot nor intensely cold, but temperate in both respects.

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Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty.

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Proportion is that agreeable harmony between the several parts of a building, which is the result of a just and regular agreement of them with each other; the height to the width, this to the length, and each of these to the whole.

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Since, therefore, individuals as well as the public are so indebted to these writers for the benefits they enjoy, I think them not only entitled to the honour of palms and crowns, but even to be numbered among the gods.

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The lanes and streets of the city being set out, the choice of sites for the convenience and use of the state remains to be decided on; for sacred edifices, for the forum, and for other public buildings.

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