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  • "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change [Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come , bisogna che tutto cambi]"
    - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (Italian writer. 18961957) "The Leopard [Il Gattopardo]", 1958.
  • "Nothing, like something, happens everywhere."
    - Philip Larkin (English poet. 19221985) "I Remember, I Remember", 1955.
  • "I must follow them for I am their leader."
    - Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (French Politician. 180774) Allegedly spoken whilst observing the passing mob during the 1848 Paris revolution.
  • "It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years."
    - Tom Lehrer (US musician, satirist and mathematician. 1928), The Was the Year That Was, 1965.
  • "I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another, and I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings and I hate people like that!"
    - Tom Lehrer , The Was the Year That Was, 1965.
  • "There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth"
    - Doris Lessing (British author. 19192013), writing in the first volume of her autobiography, Under My Skin, 1994.
  • Medical statistics are a little bit like a bikini: what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
    - Irving R. Levine.
  • "some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again"
    - C.S. Lewis (British author. Charles Staples Lewis. 18981963), Letter to his goddaughter, Lucy Barfield, written as a preface to "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".
  • The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.
    - Rush Limbaugh
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
    - Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the US. 18091865) Attributed in "Golden Book", 1931.
    This quote, and similar versions, have been attributed to various authors, including Mark Twain. It seems likely is that Lincoln was borrowing an ancient proverb of uncertain origin. The Book of Proverbs 17.28 (King James Version) reads: "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
  • "Griffiths is snookered on the brown, which, for those of you watching in black and white, is the ball directly behind the pink."
    - Ted Lowe (British snooker commentator for the BBC.)
  • You are a living mockery of your own ideals. If not, you've set your ideals too low.
    - Charles Ludlam (US actor and playwright. 19431987

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