Quotes by centuries

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  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
  • Carroll Quigley
    Carroll Quigley
    American historian and theorist 1910-1977
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    ...when a society is reaching its end, in the last couple of centuries you have... a misplacement of satisfactions. You find your emotional satisfaction in making a lot of money... or in proving to the poor, half-naked people in Southeast Asia that you can kill them in large numbers.
    Source: Oscar Iden Lecture Series, Lecture 3: The State of Individuals (1976)
  • Jean Genet
    Jean Genet
    French Playwright, Novelist 1910-1986
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    A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand Russell
    English philosopher and mathematician 1872-1970
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    Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
  • Marquis de Sade
    Marquis de Sade
    French nobleman, revolutionary and writer 1740-1814
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    Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
  • Edwin Markham
    Edwin Markham
    American poet and editor 1852-1940
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    Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world.
  • Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.
  • Simone Weil
    Simone Weil
    French philosopher 1909-1943
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    Every new development for the last three centuries has brought men closer to a state of affairs in which absolutely nothing would be recognized in the whole world as possessing a claim to obedience except the authority of the State. The majority of people in Europe obey nothing else.
  • Albert Camus
    Albert Camus
    French writer and essayist 1913-1960
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    For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
  • Annie Besant
    Annie Besant
    British socialist, activist and writer 1847-1933
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    For centuries the leaders of Christian thought spoke of women as a necessary evil, and the greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most.
  • Henry Louis Mencken
    Henry Louis Mencken
    American journalist and critic 1880-1956
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    For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
  • Napoleon
    Napoleon
    French Emperor 1769-1821
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    From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
  • John F. Kennedy
    John F. Kennedy
    American politician 1917-1963
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    I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
  • Simone Weil
    Simone Weil
    French philosopher 1909-1943
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    I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
  • Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Abdelaziz Bouteflika
    Algerian politician 1937-
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    If the lives of men can be measured in terms of years, ideologies in decades, and nations in centuries, then the unit measuring civilizations, born of the interaction among peoples, would be the millennium.
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