An oppressed people are authorized, whenever they can, to rise and break their fetters.

—Henry Clay, 1842

Mammon, n. The god of the world’s leading religion. His chief temple is in the holy city of New York.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1911

The purest joy is to live without disguise, unconstrained by the ties of a grave reputation.

—Al-Hariri, c. 1108

Some things are privileged from jest—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, all men’s present business of importance, and any case that deserves pity.

—Francis Bacon, 1597

Be temperate in wine, in eating, girls, and sloth, or the Gout will seize you.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1734

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence, and they think they have seen something.

—S?ren Kierkegaard, 1843

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.

—Stendhal, 1822

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

It is strange indeed that the more we learn about how to build health, the less healthy Americans become.

—Adelle Davis, 1951

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.

—Desiderius Erasmus, 1515

No nation was ever ruined by trade.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1774

Words pay no debts.

—William Shakespeare, 1601

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

—Bertrand Russell, 1961