"Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go."

Anthony Bourdain, an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian (1956 - 2018)


"You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings."

Catherine the Great of Russia (lived 1729-1796, ruled 1762-1796).


"Any trooper who is not dead by thirty is a coward, and I don't expect to exceed that length of time."

French cavalry general Antoine de Lasalle to his hussars. de Lasalle was an officer during the Revolutionary and Napoleonice wars who distinguished himself at Austerlitz, Eylau, and Stettin, and who saved Marat's life at Heilsberg. Nicknamed "The Hussar General" he had a reputation as a daring adventurer. He was shot and killed, riding at the head of his men, at the Battle of Wagram in 1809. de Lasalle was thirty-three years old.


"Never do today what you can do tomorrow. Something may occur to make you regret your premature action."

Aaron Burr (1756 – 1836) American politician and vice president who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel and was, for a separate reason, charged with treason but found not guilty.


"We erect monuments so that we shall always remember, and build memorials so that we shall never forget."

Arthur Danto, an American art critic and philosopher (1924-2013)


"We've seen the worst that human beings are capable of. We've seen what happens when leaders abandon common decency in favor of rage and hate. Through the lens of history, the Holocaust happened yesterday, the civil rights movement was this morning, so we are not as out of the woods as we might have thought."

H. Max Joseph, an American filmmaker and television host


"Legend: a lie that has attained the dignity of age."

H.L. Mencken, an American journalist, cultural critic, and satirist (1880 - 1956)


"To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science."

Isaac Newton


"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

Victor Hugo, a French poet, novelist, and playwrite (1802-1885)


"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"

Isaac Asimov, Newsweek, January 21st, 1980

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