1. 10

    Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.

  2. 9

    Love is not in our choice but in our fate.

  3. 8

    Dead men tell no tales.

  4. 7

    Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.

  5. 6

    When he spoke, what tender words he used! So softly, that like flakes of feathered snow, They melted as they fell.

  6. 5

    Thou spring'st a leak already in thy crown, A flaw is in thy ill-bak'd vessel found; 'Tis hollow, and returns a jarring sound, Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command, Unwrought, and easy to the potter's hand: Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel The first sharp motions of the forming wheel.

  7. 4

    He with a graceful pride, While his rider every hand survey'd, Sprung loose, and flew into an escapade; Not moving forward, yet with every bound Pressing, and seeming still to quit his ground.

  8. 3

    …So when the last and dreadful hour This crumbling pageant shall devour, The trumpet shall be heard on high, The dead shall live, the living die, And Music shall untune the sky

  9. 2

    Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.

  10. 1

    Jealousy is the jaundice of the soul.

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