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In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies.

Stephen Leacock, economist

Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.

Angela Carter, novelist

Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards.

Robert Burton, writer

A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that "ancient institution" the old one.

Douglas Jerrold,

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

Voltaire, writer

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

Ovid, poet

There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.

Leon Kass, educator

The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.

Arthur Koestler, novelist

According to an ancient Sardinian legend, the bodies of those who are born on Christmas Eve will never dissolve into dust but are preserved until the end of time.

Grazia Deledda, writer

The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West.

Henri Pirenne, historian

Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.

Hu Shih, philosopher

To ancient Chinese fancy, the Milky Way was a luminous river, - the River of Heaven, - the Silver Stream.

Lafcadio Hearn,

But the revolutions and changes which are responsible for the present state of the earth are not limited to the upsetting of the ancient strata and to the ebbing of the sea after the formations of new layers.

Georges Cuvier, scientist

Man was so created by the Lord as to be able while living in the body to speak with spirits and angels, as in fact was done in the most ancient times; for, being a spirit clothed with a body, he is one with them.

Emanuel Swedenborg, scientist

Wales was in ancient times divided into three parts nearly equal, consideration having been paid, in this division, more to the value than to the just quantity or proportion of territory.

Giraldus Cambrensis, clergyman

If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.

James Monroe, president

Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the dominant religious and theological movements of their day.

Wilhelm Dilthey, historian

Georgia is not just a European country, but one of the most ancient European countries.

Mikhail Saakashvili, statesman

These ancient huts were soon cleared of the rubbish covering them. I planned them, and removed them for investigation below, which undertaking took until the fourth of Nov.

Howard Carter, scientist

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations. The complete mystery of music is explained right there.

Pierre Schaeffer, composer

It is true that we aspire to our ancient land. But what we want in that ancient land is a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit.

Theodor Herzl, journalist

Similarly, thought is a system. That system not only includes thought and feelings, but it includes the state of the body; it includes the whole of society - as thought is passing back and forth between people in a process by which thought evolved from ancient times.

David Bohm, scientist

Entire generations of Americans have come of age since the ancient time when the president's power was constrained by a duty of candor to the American people.

James Bovard, author

Every document, apparently ancient, coming from the proper repository or custody, and bearing on its face no evident marks of forger, the law presumes to be genuine, and devolves on the opposing party the burden of proving it to be otherwise.

Simon Greenleaf, judge

Fas est ab hoste doceri. One should learn even from one's enemies.

Ovid, poet

Spying has always gone on since ancient times.

Vladimir Putin, statesman

Tahiti has been spoiled for many years, but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive.

Arthur Erickson, architect

Academe : An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy : A modern school where football is taught.

Ambrose Bierce, journalist

I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: human creation is never perfect.

Madeleine L'Engle, novelist

Society therefore is an ancient as the world.

Voltaire, writer

The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it.

Henry Hazlitt, philosopher

Ancient recipients of instant news probably couldn't do very much about it, for instance. Xerxes would still need three months to get his army together, and he might not get home for years.

Peter Singer, philosopher

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.

Enid Bagnold, author

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.

Lucinda Franks, writer

The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs.

Silvio Berlusconi, statesman

We truly have an ancient part of the brain that was about survival when we were prey but we seem to have gone past prey. We eat everything and nothing eats us.

Nick Nolte, actor

The ancient Greeks have a knack of wrapping truths in myths.

George Lloyd, composer

Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities.

Carl Olson, athlete

Evil hiding among us is an ancient theme.

John Carpenter, director

All the aftermath that so frequently follows in the wake of war still confront the nation, and we now, as ever before, must hold fast to the ancient landmarks and see to it that all of these plagues that threaten so mightily shall be rendered harmless.

Alexander Henry, businessman

I believe all religions are becoming obsolete, clinging to ancient concepts.

John Templeton, investor

Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me.

Kazuo Ishiguro, author

When immortality becomes for us no longer a matter of academic discussion, but the most vital of all questions; we shall find our comfort where so many before us have found it, in the ancient words.

Henry Norris Russell, scientist

We usually say of ancient persons, that they have already one foot in the grave, and the rest of their life is nothing else but the bringing of these feet together.

John Pearson, theologian

Water, water, everywhere And all the boards did shrink Water, water everywhere Nor any drop to drink.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet

Ut haec ipsa qui non sentiat deorum vim habere is nihil omnino sensurus esse videatur. If any man cannot feel the power of God when he looks upon the stars, then I doubt whether he is capable of any feeling at all.

Horace, poet

I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.

Guru Nanak, philosopher

The future of that ancient chamber remains in considerable doubt.

Robert A. Dahl, writer

Perhaps many of the perplexing problems of the new music could be put into a new light if we were to reintroduce the ancient idea of music being a reflection of nature.

George Crumb, composer

The fault seems to me to have been that men have taken ancient country churches as their models and have failed to discover that between them and churches in towns there ought to be a most distinct and marked difference.

George Edmund Street, architect

I was always fascinated, even as a child, by antiques and ancient times. I always felt I should have been born in the 17th or 18th century. They really had a big stone castle with authentic furniture.

Margaret O'Brien, actress

The day is past when schools could afford to give sufficient time and attention to the teaching of the ancient languages to enable the student to get that enjoyment out of classical literature that made the lives of our grandfathers so rich.

James Loeb, businessman

These days too many of us seem inclined to cover our ears, close our eyes, and blindly follow the most narrow, conservative tenets of religion; or else seek comfort in the ancient traditions of New Age ritual.

Joan D. Vinge, author

These places, and the ancient things you know, You won't know soon. I'm working on it now.'

Andrew Motion, poet

I try to write in plain brown blocks of American speech but occasionally set in an ancient word or a strange word just to startle the reader a little bit and to break up the monotony of the plain American cadence.

James Laughlin, poet

An ancient dictum says that when Zeus wanted to destroy someone, he would first drive him mad.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, politician

After all, you're not exactly a nation like all the other nations. You are unique, if only because you are such an ancient people, and because of the way you are spread all over the world and your obvious success in many fields.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, politician

Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.

David Rockefeller, businessman

Storytelling is an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for.

Russell Banks, author

The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian.

James H. Breasted,

In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America.

James H. Breasted,

Unfortunately, a lot of the concepts in the Bible are based on ancient mythology that doesn't fit the findings of science.

Clyde Tombaugh, scientist

All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.

Helena Bonham Carter, actress

The form language used by the ancient Egyptians in their structures is minimal.

Harry Seidler, architect

The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.

Kit Williams, author

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.

H. P. Lovecraft, novelist

The question of the composition of perceptible objects is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.

Johannes Stark, physicist

In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water, ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes worn down to the surface of the mud, sometimes projecting slightly above it.

Charles Lyell, lawyer

The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity.

Havelock Ellis, psychologist

The proper balance between individual liberty and central authority is a very ancient problem.

Arthur Keith, scientist

Universalism as an ideal is as old as nay, is probably much more ancient than the Christian ideal.

Arthur Keith, scientist

At first the ancient images of the Goddess did not interest me.

Carol P. Christ, educator

After much diligent research, aided by other women, I gradually came to understand that beneath the familiar Goddesses of the patriarchy, there is a much more ancient Goddess.

Carol P. Christ, educator

The Goddess of Old Europe and Ancient Crete represented the unity of life in nature, delight in the diversity of form, the powers of birth, death and regeneration.

Carol P. Christ, educator

In Old Europe and Ancient Crete, women were respected for their roles in the discovery of agriculture and for inventing the arts of weaving and pottery making.

Carol P. Christ, educator

To me, there is spirit in a reed. It's a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It's really an ancient vibration.

Steve Lacy, musician

Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.

Arthur Erickson, architect

We find Japan a little more difficult to understand because it has proven its 20th century prowess though the ancient traditions still persist.

Arthur Erickson, architect

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.

Bill Toomey, athlete

In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents.

Peter Garrett, musician

The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories.

Jeremy Northam, actor

After that I won a prize, I was with a group of ancient music of Spain that they helped me a lot with a grant, you see, during three years. And so I made my debut in 1944 and I found myself helping my family, it was a very poor family.

Victoria de los Angeles, musician

Not unless I do all these ancient and Italian or French or Baroque in the beginnning, I do German.

Victoria de los Angeles, musician

The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood!

Robert Peel, leader

Introductions, that is, belong to the masterpieces and classics of the world, to the great and ancient and accepted things; and I am here introducing a short, small story of my own which appeared in The Evening News about ten months ago.

Arthur Machen, author

I can still memory - taste the fresh buttermilk pancakes and hot buttermilk biscuits - both made with lard! - that were cooked on the top, or in the oven, of that ancient iron stove.

Vernon L. Smith, economist

Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.

Robert Morgan, poet

No account of the Renaissance can be complete without some notice of the attempt made by certain Italian scholars of the fifteenth century to reconcile Christianity with the religion of ancient Greece.

Walter Pater, critic

The surest method of being incomprehensible or, moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense; especially words from the ancient languages.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel, poet

I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me.

Isabel Allende, writer

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?

Will Rogers, actor

They are at the end of the gallery; retired to their tea and scandal, according to their ancient custom.

William Congreve, poet

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.

Wendell Berry, poet

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.

Loren Eiseley, scientist

The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part.

Richard Stallman, scientist

But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.

William Robertson Smith, scientist

This being so, it follows that mythology ought not to take the prominent place that is too often assigned to it in the scientific study of ancient faiths.

William Robertson Smith, scientist

I love young men, lots of them, your ancient masculine double standard.

Vera Miles, actress

Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song.

Zoltan Kodaly, composer

It was the noise Of ancient trees falling while all was still Before the storm, in the long interval Between the gathering clouds and that light breeze Which Germans call the Wind's bride.

Charles Godfrey Leland, writer

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