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Alexander the Great

[Na] Leader of the Macedonians. Born in 356 bc, Alexander was tutored in his early years by Aristotle before succeeding his father Philip as king of Macedonia and the mainland of ...

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great (356–323 bc)   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...001the0Great Alexander the Great 356 – 323 bc Greek monarch , King of Macedon from 336 bc . See also diogenes If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes. Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Alexander’ ch. 14, sect. 3 not Alexander would be Diogenes Is it not worthy of tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, we have not yet become lords of a single one? when asked why he wept on hearing from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds Plutarch Moralia ‘On Tranquillity of the Mind’; see watts number of worlds is...

Alexander the Great

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...00theGreat Alexander the Great 356 – 323 bc Greek monarch , King of Macedon from 336 bc If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes. Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Alexander’ ch. 14, sect. 3 not Alexander would be Diogenes Is it not worthy of tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, we have not yet become lords of a single one? when asked why he wept on hearing from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds Plutarch Moralia ‘On Tranquillity of the Mind’ number of worlds is infinite number of worlds is infinite I am...

Alexander the Great

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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...Alexander the Great 356 323 King of Macedonia I am dying with the help of too many physicians. Last words, attributed in The Treasury of Humorous Quotations , eds Esar & Bentley (1951); and earlier, in the form ‘I die by the help of too many physicians’, in H.L. Mencken's Dictionary of Quotations (1942). No other evidence has been found to support this attribution. The idea, however, surfaces elsewhere in the classical world. The dying Emperor Hadrian ( ad 76–138) apparently came out with ‘the popular saying “many physicians have slain a king”’...

Diogenes c.400–c.325 bc

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...Diogenes c.400–c.325 bc If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes. Alexander the Great 356 – 323 bc Greek monarch , King of Macedon from 336 bc Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Alexander’ ch. 14, sect. 3 not Alexander would be ...

Richard C. Lewontin

Richard C. Lewontin (1929– )   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...Richard C. Lewontin 1929 –   The requirement for great success is great ambition … for triumph over other men, not merely over nature. Lewontin, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biology at Harvard, specializes in evolutionary biology quoted in Jane S. Smith, Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine ,...

Alexander Ivanovich Herzen

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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...Alexander Ivanovich Herzen 1812 – 70 Russian writer and revolutionary Communism is a Russian autocracy turned upside down. The Development of Revolutionary Ideas in Russia (1851) communism is Russian autocracy Russian autocracy Russian autocracy Russia's future will be a great danger for Europe and a great misfortune for Russia if there is no emancipation of the individual. One more century of present despotism will destroy all the good qualities of the Russian people. The Development of Revolutionary Ideas in Russia ...

Alexander Pope

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Francis Crick

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...a void, Where, one step broken, the great scale's destroy'd: From Nature's chain whatever link you strike, Tenth or ten thousandth, breaks the chain alike. ‘An Essay on Man’ (1733–4), Epistle I. In John Butt (ed.), The Poems of Alexander Pope (1965), 513 Vast chain of being Vast chain of being from infinite to thee great scale 's destroy'd whatever link you strike All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see; All Discord, Harmony, not understood; All partial Evil, universal Good: And, spite of Pride, in...

Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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...Great and Small (1972), All Things Bright and Beautiful (1973) and All Things Wise and Wonderful (1978). The Lord God Made Them All was given to a further original volume (1981). In 1997, I observed a food establishment off the A1 near Scotch Corner with the name ‘All Pizzas Great and Small’ The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate. In the same hymn. An omission rather than a misquotation. Mrs Alexander's hymn is in danger of becoming known as the one from which a verse – the third...

Patrick Kavanagh

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...– 67 Irish poet Clay is the word and clay is the flesh Where the potato-gatherers like mechanized scarecrows move Along the side-fall of the hill—Maguire and his men. ‘The Great Hunger’ (1947) clay is the word potato -gatherers move mechanized scarecrows Maguire and his men The weak, washy way of true tragedy— A sick horse nosing around the meadow for a clean place to die. ‘The Great Hunger’ (1947) weak, washy way of true tragedy sick horse nosing around clean place to die clean place to die Oh, Alexander Selkirk knew the plight Of being king and...

Cecil Frances Alexander

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Cecil0Frances Cecil Frances Alexander 1818 – 95 Irish poet and hymn-writer All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ (1848) All things bright and beautiful All things bright and beautiful creatures great and small The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate. ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ (1848) rich man in his castle rich man in his castle poor man at his...

Cecil Frances Alexander

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Cecil0Frances Cecil Frances Alexander 1818 – 95 Irish poet and hymn-writer All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ (1848) All things bright and beautiful All things bright and beautiful creatures great and small Lord God made them all The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate. ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ (1848) rich man in his castle rich man in his ...

Theodore William Richards

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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...to give his mind freely to abstract thought. Letter to Alexander Agassiz, 9 June 1902. Quoted in Nathan Reingold and Ida H. Reingold, Science in America: A Documentary History 1900–1939 (1981), 19 hack and routine work funds provided for teaching On the other hand it seems to me that the making of a great original discovery in science is not unlike the writing of a great poem or the painting of a great picture. The thought and its execution must be hammered out by genius alone and without the multitude of administrative duties which cooperation would...

Patrick Kavanagh

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...hill, I looked and three whin bushes rode across The horizon—the Three Wise Kings. ‘A Christmas Childhood’ (1947) Cassiopeia was over Cassidy 's hanging hill three whin bushes rode across Clay is the word and clay is the flesh Where the potato-gatherers like mechanized scarecrows move Along the side-fall of the hill—Maguire and his men. ‘The Great Hunger’ (1947) clay is the word potato -gatherers like I hate what every poet hates in spite Of all the solemn talk of contemplation. Oh, Alexander Selkirk knew the plight Of being king and government and nation. A...

Alexander Pope

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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...Alexander Alexander Pope 1688 – 1744 English poet Lo! thy dread empire, Chaos! is restored; Light dies before thy uncreating word: Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall; And universal darkness buries all. The Dunciad (1742) dread empire, chaos Thy hand, great anarch lets the curtain fall Old politicians chew on wisdom past, And totter on in business to the last. Epistles to Several Persons ‘To Lord Cobham’ (1734) Old politicians chew totter on in business Statesman, yet friend to Truth! of soul sincere, In action faithful, and in...

William Caxton

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...Troy…the second Alexander the Great; and the third Julius Caesar…As for the three Jews…the first was Duke Joshua…the second David, King of Jerusalem; and the third Judas Maccabaeus…And sith the said Incarnation…was first the noble Arthur…The second was Charlemagne or Charles the Great…and the third and last was Godfrey of Bouillon. Thomas Malory Le Morte D'Arthur (1485) prologue there be nine worthy there be nine worthy I, according to my copy, have done set it in imprint, to the intent that noble men may see and learn the noble acts of chivalry, the...

Alexander Hamilton

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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...is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate government. in Debates of the Federal Convention 26 June 1787 republican government republican government Let Americans disdain to be the instruments of European greatness. Let the thirteen States, bound together in a strict and indissoluble Union, concur in erecting one great American system, superior to the control of all transatlantic force or influence, and able to dictate the terms of the connection between the old and the new world! in The Federalist (1787–8) no. 11 let ...

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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...a great writer…is like having another government. That's why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones. The First Circle (1968) ch. 57, tr. M. Guybon The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? The Gulag Archipelago (1973–5) Work was like a stick. It had two ends. When you worked for the knowing you gave them quality; when you worked for a fool you simply gave him eye-wash. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962) How can you expect a man who's warm to...

Deception

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...even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time. also attributed to Phineas Barnum Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 65 American statesman , 16th President 1861–5 Alexander K. McClure Lincoln's Yarns and Stories (1904) fool all the people fool all the people fool some of the people And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defence. Niccolò Machiavelli 1469 – 1527 ...

Dorothy Parker

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...coined the terse review: “It is not a novel to be thrown aside lightly. It should be thrown aside with great force”; quoted in A. Johnston, Legend of a Sport , in The New Yorker Constant Reader column, The New Yorker , Oct. 20, 1928 That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can't say No in any of them. Or as it also was said of Moe Berg, a light-hitting but scholarly baseball catcher (Princeton magna cum laude , Columbia Law), “He knew twelve languages but couldn't hit in any of them.” in Alexander Woollcott, While Rome Burns , [1934] She ran the whole...

Propaganda

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...– 89 French queen consort Isaac D'Israeli Curiosities of Literature Second Series vol. 2 (1849) In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State. Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1918 – 2008 Russian novelist 1974 interview, in The Oak and the Calf ...

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