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Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied? William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist
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And so it goes... Kurt Vonnegut, author
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I grew up with the classics. My mom and I would sit and watch "Singin' in the Rain" and "White Christmas" - those kind of movies. Lucas Grabeel, actor
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The type of music I like to sing is really those classic songs, those Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, classics. Jacob Lusk, musician
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I was able to do Classics, the U.S. national championships and the Pan American Games and feel like I improved with each meet, but I was still struggling with a lot of residual pain from the two surgeries. Shawn Johnson, athlete
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I like all kinds of music, though I tend to prefer jazz and classics. Erik Larson, author
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Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best. Robertson Davies, novelist
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Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay. Thomas Bailey Aldrich, poet
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My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics. William Kempe, actor
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I kinda go for the Jane Eyre type of film. I am fascinated by classics. Tippi Hedren, actress
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Style, no matter how outrageous it is, is still an expression of someone's personality. And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics. Liev Schreiber, actor
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Songs like Reach and S Club Party are pop classics. I'm really proud that I had a part in them. Rachel Stevens, musician
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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
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I chose Sony Classics, not just because of their practical experience, not just because of their wisdom in marketing, but mainly because of their integrity. Arthur Cohn, producer
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I call it an old-fashioned seafood house for the new millennium. We are trying to update what we know as old fish houses and places like that, which are great, but I want to give it a new, fresh look with updated versions of the classics we all love. Todd English, chef
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The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences. Donna Tartt, novelist
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There's no question that Whale's movies are classics. They were wonderful, and successful. Bill Condon, director
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We were younger. And it's basically like looking at football classics. You see things that you did, you see things that you could've done better and you think about all the good relationships that you had with the cast. Bubba Smith, athlete
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The great thing about university is that they incline you to get up and do it, from the Classics to modern plays, to the humor that Monty Pythons made popular. Michael York, actor
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We played in bars and other such establishments and anywhere where people would listen. Sometimes they did, and sometimes not. The outfits we wore were classics of the 50's. Phil Harris, musician
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With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues. Brian Setzer, musician
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Now that I'm taking some time off from school, I've been reading a lot to make sure I don't forget everything. It's mostly classics and nonfiction accounts from actors, directors and writers from the '40s and '50s. Fred Savage, actor
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But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art. Russell Banks, author
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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
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I don't read a great deal of fiction, to my shame, other than the classics. Richard Attenborough, actor
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The great Chinese classics have always said that it's better not to fight; that the clever man achieves his ends without violence; that a battle delayed is better than a battle fought. John Keegan, historian
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Calvino was not a writer of hits; he was a writer of classics. William Weaver, author
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