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ZENITH, n. The point in the heavens directly overhead to a man standing or a growing cabbage. A man in bed or a cabbage in the pot is not considered as having a zenith, though from this view of the matter there was once a considerably dissent among the learned, some holding that the posture of the body was immaterial. These were called Horizontalists, their opponents, Verticalists. The Horizontalist heresy was finally extinguished by Xanobus, the philosopher-king of Abara, a zealous Verticalist. Entering an assembly of philosophers who were debating the matter, he cast a severed human head at the feet of his opponents and asked them to determine its zenith, explaining that its body was hanging by the heels outside. Observing that it was the head of their leader, the Horizontalists hastened to profess themselves converted to whatever opinion the Crown might be pleased to hold, and Horizontalism took its place among _fides defuncti_.

- Ambrose Bierce
A new disease? I know not, new or old, but it may well be called poor mortals plague for, like a pestilence, it doth infect the houses of the brain till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, be free from the black poison of suspect.

- Jonson, Ben
When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag.

- Huey Long
We do not deny the possibility of peaceful [political] transition, but we are still awaiting the first case.

- Fidel Castro
There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief --a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you.

- Eliot, George
Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week's value out of a year while another man gets a full year's value out of a week.

- Richards, Charles
The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job.

- Ronald Reagan in 1973
The perfect way is without difficulty, for it avoids picking and choosing. Only when you stop liking and disliking will all be clearly understood. Be not concerned with right or wrong, for the conflict between right and wrong is the sickness of the mind.

- Seng-Ts'an
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.

- Dimnet, Ernest
DEAD, adj. Done with the work of breathing; done With all the world; the mad race run Though to the end; the golden goal Attained and found to be a hole! Squatol Johnes

- Ambrose Bierce
Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.

- Ambrose Bierce
The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.

- Shakespeare, William
There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich.

- Seneca
Live not in yesterdays, Look back and you may sorrow. Live precisely for today, Look forward to tomorrow.

- Hulsgen, J.J.
But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?

- Lois McMaster Bujold
The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.

- Calvino, Italo
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.

- Albert Schweitzer
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

- Acton, Lord
If we could not forget, we would never be free from grief.

- Bahya Ibn Paquda
The sensitiveness claimed by neurotic is matched by their egotism: they cannot abide the flaunting by others of the sufferings to which they pay an even increasing amount of attention in themselves.

- Proust, Marcel

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