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Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
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.
No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
Let's face it - think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are of war, poverty, famine and flies. How many of us really know anything at all about the truly great ancient African civilizations, which in their day, were just as splendid and glorious as any on the face of the earth?
Henry Louis Gates
Mars has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. The erratically moving red star in the sky was seen as sinister or violent by the ancients: The Greeks identified it with Ares, the god of war; the Babylonians named it after Nergal, god of the underworld. To the ancient Chinese, it was Ying-huo, the fire planet.
Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
I have a long view of history - my orientation is archaeological because I'm always thinking in terms of ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Persia and Egypt.
But, ancient Greece and ancient Rome - people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, OK? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons.
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.
The ancient Greeks were the first ones to say an unexamined life is not worth living. They don't tell you of course what we found out, an examined life not that fascinating either.
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.
In many ways we are all sons and daughters of ancient Greece.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
The ancients recommended us to sacrifice to the Graces, but Milton sacrificed to the Devil.
Society therefore is an ancient as the world.
It is better to imitate ancient than modern work.
Leonardo da Vinci
The same thing which is now called Christian religion existed among the ancients. They have begun to call 'Christian' the true religion which existed before.
Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.
Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.
The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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