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Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.  ~Francis Bacon


Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
~Friedrich Halm (Baron Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen)


Trooly it is with us as it was with Mr. and Mrs. Ingomer in the Play, to whit -
2 soles with but a single thawt
2 harts which beet as 1.
~Artemus Ward


A rolling stone gathers no moss.  ~Publilius Syrus


Do not hold everything as gold which shines like gold.  (Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum.)  ~Alanus de Insulis, Parabolae, c.1280, later used by Shakespeare and others as "All that glisters is not gold." (see notes at bartleby.com), now commonly misphrased as "glitters"


Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed. ~Daniel Defoe, The Political History of the Devil, 1726


He should, as he list, be able to prove the moon made of grene cheese.  ~Sir Thomas More


Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.  ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, translated


The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  ~Fanny Fern


All human history attests
That happiness for man, - the hungry sinner! -
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 99


I can't live either without you or with you.  ~Ovid, Amores


But when he shall have been taken from sight, he quickly goes also out of mind.  ~Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ


Where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.
~Thomas Gray, On a Distant Prospect of Eton College


Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.  ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet


What is one man's meat is another man's rank poison.  ~Lucretius


Why, then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open.  ~William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor


Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  ~Thomas Haynes Bayly, Isle of Beauty


Thou hast added insult to injury.  ~Phaedrus


'Tis strange, but true; for truth is always strange, -
Stranger than fiction.
~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV, stanza 101


A thing of beauty is a joy forever.  ~John Keats


God's mill grinds slow, but sure.  ~George Herbert


Mollify it with thy tears, or sweat, or blood.  ~John Donne


For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
~William Ross Wallace, What Rules the World


Variety's the very spice of life
That gives it all its flavour.
~William Cowper, The Task, 1785


To make a mountain of a mole-hill.  ~Henry Ellis, Original Letters


Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.  ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Sigmund Freud


Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular, all his life long.  ~Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy


A man's house is his castle.  ~Old English Proverb, often attributed to Edward Coke


If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.  ~Mrs. Sarah S.B. Yule credits this quotation to Ralph Waldo Emerson in her Borrowings, 1889


Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.  ~James Bramston, Man of Taste


It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush.  ~Plautus


The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: Second Series, 1844


When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, one hundred.  ~Thomas Jefferson


Sighing that Nature form'd but one such man,
And broke the die.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Monody on the Death of Sheridan"


Our land is everything to us. It is the only place in the world where Cheyennes talk the Cheyenne language to each other. It is the only place where Cheyennes remember the same things together. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it with their life. ~John Wooden Legs, "Back on the War Ponies," 1960, quoted in We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History, edited by Nathaniel May and Clint Willis


Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here.  ~John L. Swigert, Jr., Apollo 13 command module pilot, 13 April 1970



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