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


For none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

Gustave Flaubert, Charles Bovary

Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends.

Juvenal

I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.

Woodrow Wilson

Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.

Senator Soaper

Were this world an endless pain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick »

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

Socrates »