"Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past, nor leave it behind." - W. H. Auden, "D. H. Lawrence"
"The true scholar should be the first to become anxious about the world's troubles and the last to enjoy its happiness." -- Fan Chung-yen (Song, 989-1052).
"The moving finger writes; and having writ, / Moves on: nor all thy piety and wit / Shall lure it back to cancel half a line, / Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." -- The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." -- Mark Twain
"The greatest danger to human beings is their consciousness of the trivialities of their aims." -- Gerard Brennan