I love to read the dedications of old books written in monarchies for they invariably honor some (usually insignificant) knight or duke with fulsome words of sycophantic insincerity, praising him as the light of the universe (in hopes, no doubt, for a few ducats to support future work); this old practice makes me feel like such an honest and upright man, by comparison, when I put a positive spin, perhaps ever so slightly exaggerated, on a grant proposal.
The most beautiful prose paragraph yet written by any American.Harold Bloom
It is the only time that I can ever remember the Prime Minister reading out the conclusions of a meeting that did not take place. They were already written before it started.Heseltine, Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron
I have spent myself on all kinds of things … I have advanced much politically but I have written little and moreover have written it badly.ba jin
One of the questions on which clarity of thinking is now most necessary is that of the relation between the methods of science and of Marxist philosophy. Although much has already been written on the subject, yet there is still an enormous amount of confusion and contradictory statement.john desmond bernal
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.robert f. kennedy
I have read all that has been written by the gravest authorities on political economy on the subject of rent, wages, taxes, tithes.robert peel
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.john steinbeck
The term "creeping featurism" was used in a 1976 Programmer's Workbench paper written by John Mashey, and in a talk by him first done in 1977, and later gave (as an ACM National Lecture) about 50-70 times through 1982. The original foils were scanned in 2002, and the phrase is used on Slide 033 within the talk. Mashey says "I can't recall if I actually coined this myself or heard it somewhere, but in any case, the phrase was certainly in public use by 1976."
Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain; hence it is written (Isaiah 26:11): "Let the envious people see and be confounded, and let fire devour Thy enemies." Therefore they will wish all the good were damned.thomas aquinas
I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.mark twain
Opinions alter, manners change , creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity . For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity , the price has to be paid at last.james anthony froude
The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.william golding
He that thinks with more extent than another will want words of larger meaning; he that thinks with more subtilty will seek for terms of more nice discrimination; and where is the wonder, since words are but the images of things, that he who never knew the original should not know the copies? Yet vanity inclines us to find faults any where rather than in ourselves. He that reads and grows no wiser, seldom suspects his own deficiency; but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood?samuel johnson
The purifying, healing influence of literature, the dissipating of passions by knowledge and the written word, literature as the path to understanding, forgiveness and love, the redeeming might of the word, the literary spirit as the noblest manifestation of the spirit of man, the writer as perfected type, as saint.thomas mann
Everything I have written is the result of reading or of interest in people.marianne moore
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.stephen spender
No action, whether foul or fair, Is ever done, but it leaves somewhere A record, written by fingers ghostly, As a blessing or a curse, and mostly In the greater weakness or greater strength Of the acts which follow it.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription moulders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?
There is seldom a line of glory written upon the earth's face, but a line of suffering runs parallel with it; and they that read the lustrous syllables of the one, and stoop not to decipher the spotted and worn inscription of the other, get the.least half of the lesson earth has to give.frederick William faber
Year-books, books written of the law of England, and judgments in Parliament, are three of the authorities, and they are thesauri aperti . Judicial records and precedents are the fourth, and they are thesauri absconditi .
People ask me if I'm the father of the Tea Party movement. I was the spark [...] that started it. If being the lightning rod that started the Tea Party is what's written on my tombstone, I'll be very happy.
"Reverence for parents" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
This comes of altering fundamental laws and overpersuading by his landlord to take physic (of which he died) for the benefit of the doctor Stavo bene (was written on his monument) ma per star meglio, sto qui.
written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.