1597-8 'To Sir Henry Wotton'.
Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters US, let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth or under the earth which can deny that he has earned the right of citizenship in the United States.frederick douglass
Nobody knowshow towrite letters; and yet onehas 'em, one does not know why.They serve one to pin up one's hair.william congreve
Opinions are not to be learned by rote, like the letters of an alphabet, or the words of a dictionary. They are conclusions to be formed, and formed by each individual in the sacred and free citadel of the mind, and there enshrined beyond the arm of law to reach, or force to shake; ay! and beyond the right of impertinent curiosity to violate, or presumptuous arrogance to threaten.frances wright
I did not write those letters. This has been a hoax that I've had nothing to do with. I'm sorry it's gone on as long as it has.thomas pynchon
Proper evaluations of words and letters in their phonetic and associated sense can bring the people of earth to the clear light of pure cosmic wisdom.sun ra
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.john updike
We completely ignore the human value of the information . A selection of 100 letters is given a certain information value, and we do not investigate whether it makes sense in English, and, if so, whether the meaning of the sentence is of any practical importance. According to our definition, a set of 100 letters selected at random (according to the rules of Table 1.1), a sentence of 100 letters from a newspaper, a piece of Shakespeare or a theorem of Einstein are given exactly the same informational value.
[T]hat the Universe was formed by a fortuitous Concourse of Atoms ... I will no more believe, than that the accidental Jumbling of the letters of the Alphabet, could fall by Chance into a most ingenious and learned Treatise of Philosophy.
His sayings are generally like women's letters; all the pith is in the postscript.william hazlitt
Don't you like to write letters? I do because it's such a swell way to keep fromworking and yet feel you've done something.
At first, being a female role model really terrified me. But it hasn't turned out to be an awful burden. I get a lot of letters from women who tell me that, after watching Xena, they have bought the Harley-Davidson they always wanted or left an abusive relationship.lucy lawless
My algebra was relatively poor. I found it very difficult to use equations that substituted numbers — to which I had a synesthetic and emotional response — for letters, to which I had none. It was because of this that I decided not to continue math at Advanced level, but chose to study history, French and German instead.daniel tammet
No prime-minister in the parliament of letters has, at any time, ventured to introduce a bill for the apprehension of all vagrant inverted commas that may be found trespassing in the sunny places of argument; and to restrain the poaching propensities of authors in general, who are apt to stroll without a license into the manors of other men's genius.samuel laman blanchard
What we conceal Is always more than what we dare confide. Think of the letters that we write our dead.dana gioia
A well-known magazine asks a man how they should refer to him, as Psychologist X, as Author X? He suggests man of letters, for that is what he is, in the eighteenth-century meaning. But they can’t buy that because the word doesn’t exist in Time-style; he cannot be that, and presumably the old function of letters cannot exist.paul goodman
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.George Bernard Shaw
And oft the pangs of absence to remove By letters, soft interpreters of love.Matthew Prior
These authors do not avail themselves of the invention of letters for the purpose of conveying, but of concealing their ideas.
Brunner defines Yantra as a linear representation on a specific surface, such as birch-bark… yantras almost inevitably have letters, seed (beeja) syllables or mantras inscribed in them….yantras have inscribed mantras.
Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters. U.S.; let him get an edge on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.
Bear you these letters tightly; Sail like my pinnace to these golden shores.