When I set down to make a sketch from nature, the first thing Itry to do istoforgetthat Ihave ever seena picture.
To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it.Pierre de Fermat
Sir,Ihavetwoverycogent reasonsfornot printing any list of subscribers;one, that Ihave lost all thenames,the other, that I have spent all the money.
Ihave only toomuch of awife inthis art of mine, who has always kept me in tribulation, and my children shall be the works I leave, which, even if theyare naught, will live a while.
Ihave no faith in humanperfectibility? Man isnow only more activenot more happynor more wise, than he was 6,000 years ago.
Ihave justcausetomakea pitiful defence of poor poetry, which from almost the highest estimation of learning is 790
Ihave oftenwished Ihad timeto cultivatemodesty? But I am too busy thinking about myself.
I said, I like my life. If Ihave to give it back, if theytake it from me, let me onlynot feel I wasted any, let menot feel I forgot to love anyoneI meant to love, that I forgotto give what I held in my hands,that I forgot to do some littlepiece of the work that wantedto come through.Marge Piercy