In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization's hardest winters.
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An answer is always a form of death.
There are only two races on this planet - the intelligent and the stupid.
I am going to explain to you why we went to war. Why mankind always does to war. It is not social or political. It is not countries that go to war, but men. It is like salt. Once one has been to war, one has salt for the rest of one's life. Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.
But I think the most harmful change brought about by Victorian science in our attitude to nature lies in the demand that our relation with it must be purposive, industrious, always seeking greater knowledge.
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If you have to do it, then you're doing the right thing.
After that his Majesty was beheaded, the Parliament for some years effected nothing either for the publick peace or tranquillity of the nation, or settling religion as they had formerly promised.
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.