A little rain beats down a big wind. Long drinking bouts break open the tun(der).
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 5, p. 19, Pleiade edition (1995).
in the original: "Petit pluye abat grand vend. Longue beuvettes rompent le tonnoire." Pun on "tonnerre.")
Perhaps the happiest moment of my life was then, when I saw that our line didn't break and that the enemy's did.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, p. 551, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Sardis Birchard (December 20, 1864).
Hayes's reaction to the success of the crucial charge he led at Opequon.)
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this worldand never will.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. paper, read in Hartford, Connecticut, 1884; repr. In Complete Essays, ed. Charles Neider (1963). "Consistency," (1923).
The first words of the statement were inscribed beneath Twain's bust in the Hall of Fame, New York University. Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.)