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An ancient dictum says that when Zeus wanted to destroy someone, he would first drive him mad.
Jean-Marie Le Pen
The human juggernaut is permanently eroding Earth's ancient biosphere.
E. O. Wilson
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.
Itjtawy was ancient Egypt's capital for over four hundred years, at a period of time called the Middle Kingdom about four thousand years ago. The site is located in the Faiyum of Egypt, and the site is really important because in the Middle Kingdom there was this great renaissance for ancient Egyptian art, architecture and religion.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
When Edward Gibbon was writing about the fall of the Roman Empire in the late 18th century, he could argue that transportation hadn't changed since ancient times. An imperial messenger on the Roman roads could get from Rome to London even faster in A.D. 100 than in 1750. But by 1850, and even more obviously today, all of that has changed.
Walter Russell Mead
I remember going to a monastery library when I was very young and being surrounded by ancient books. I fell in love.
We know a great deal about the configuration of the menorah from the biblical book of Exodus. Beaten out of solid gold, the ancient candelabrum boasted six branches emerging from a seventh, its central shaft. The menorah was adorned with golden buttons, cups, and flowers.
When I was young, all the politicians looked like ancient Latin teachers or greengrocers. They were mumbly, stumbly men with their hair blowing in their eyes, walking into trees, opening the wrong door. They had no idea how to present themselves.
Almost in every kingdom the most ancient families have been at first princes' bastards.
Almost all the early Christian Fathers were opposed to the death penalty, even though it was of course standard practice across the ancient world.
N. T. Wright
In Germany, a new sect shall be born which shall renew ancient pagan times.
All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.
Helena Bonham Carter
Chaos does not mean total disorder. Chaos means a multiplicity of possibilities. Chaos is from the ancient Greek words that means a thing that is birthed from the void. And it was about that which is possible, not about disorder.
It's like the spiders are sharing an ancient secret with me, and that's why I'm going to spend the rest of my life studying spider silk.
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones.
Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.
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
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.
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.
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.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Leonardo da Vinci
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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With self-discipline most anything is possible.
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