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If a person would understand either the Odyssey or any other ancient work, he must never look at the dead without seeing the living in them, nor at the living without thinking of the dead. We are too fond of seeing the ancients as one thing and the moderns as another.

Samuel Butler

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

Willa Sibert Cather

Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.

Walter Benjamin

Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.

George Eliot

We do a hard fantasy as well as hard science fiction, and I think I probably single-handedly recreated military science fiction. It was dead before I started working in it.

Jerry Pournelle

Las Vegas history, the real Las Vegas history, makes fops and fools of even the most sincere explorers. The city's story is riddled with blind alleys, dead ends, crazy twists, and outright fabrication.


Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead: excessive grief the enemy to the living.

William Shakespeare

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.


The smell of the ocean was stronger now, rank and enveloping, as if the bottom of the sea had turned over and littered the shore with its dead.

T. Coraghessan Boyle

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Albert Einstein

Love, live, life, and Im dead.

Lil Wayne

A lot of people might think folk music is dead, but it's so not.

Tom Neff

Flowers for the dead. Say hello to the forest.

Lil Wayne

He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.

Johann Ludwig Tieck

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