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Victor Hugo :
The little people must be sacred to the big ones, and it is from the rights of the weak that the duty of the strong is comprised.
[Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Speech given to the delegates of the 36,000 communes of France (1876).]
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Oscar Wilde :
In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.
[Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Prince Paul, in Vera, or the Nihilists, act 3.]
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William Shakespeare :
As many lies as will lie in thy paper, although the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware in England.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Sir Toby Belch, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 2, l. 46-8. Advising Sir Andrew on writing a challenge; the bed of Ware, in Hertfordshire, was famous, being ten feet square, and able to accommodate twelve people.]
Ralph Waldo Emerson :
We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Illusions," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
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William Shakespeare :
She will keep no fool, sir, till she be married, and fools are as like husbands as pilchards are to herrings—the husband's the bigger.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Feste, in Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 1, l. 33-5. Referring to Olivia; "pilchards," small fish, are common off European coasts.]
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton :
We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
[Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "The Error of Impartiality," All Things Considered (1908).]
Gilbert Keith Chesterton :
The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
[Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. A policeman, in The Man Who Was Thursday, ch. 4 (1908).]
George Kaufman :
Fifty-eight? That's an awful big number for a birdcage this size!
[George Kaufman, U.S. screenwriter, Morrie Ryskind, and Sam Wood. Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx), A Night at the Opera, said to the steward who sticks Driftwood in a small stateroom aboard the boat to America; soon the tiny room will be stuffed with wall-to-wall people in one of movie comedy's most famous scenes (1935).]
John Lennon :
You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
[John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. Quoted in Lennon Remembers, ed. Jann Wenner (1970).]
Roger De Bussy-Rabutin :
As you know, God is generally on the side of the big squadrons against the small ones.
[Roger De Bussy-Rabutin (1618-1693), French soldier, writer. letter, Oct. 18, 1677. also known as Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy. This is the earliest known version of the dictum that was later adapted by Anouilh and Voltaire. See Voltaire's comment under "God" and Anouilh's comment under "rich, the."]
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