Quotes by The National, Paris, 1850

There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal

The National, Paris, 1850

Other Great Authors

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The gem cannot be polished without friction, not a man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.


I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.

Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts 1931 Age and Death

The greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington

network: anything reticulated or decussated, with interstices between the intersections

from the Dictionary of Samuel Johnson »

In order to write about life, first you must live it!

Ernest Hemingway »

In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.

Benjamin Franklin »