"If you bet on a horse, that’s gambling. If you bet you can make three spades, that’s entertainment. If you bet cotton will go up three points, that’s business. See the difference?"

Blackie Sherrod (1919 - 2016), an American journalist and sportswriter


"Do nothing in your life that will cause you to fear if it is discovered by your neighbor."

Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher, circa 300 BCE.


"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."

William Blake (1757 - 1827), an English poet, painter, and printmaker


"As I grow older, and totter toward the tomb, I find that I care less and less, who goes to bed with whom."

Dorothy Sayers (1893 - 1957) a renowned English crime writer and poet.


"I have, from an early age, abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."

Leonardo da Vinci. He felt so strongly against men eating animals that he often purchased poultry just so he could set the birds free.


"No one in their country ever ploughs a field or touches a plough-handle. They are all without fixed abode, without hearth, or law, or settled mode of life, and keep roaming from place to place, like fugitives, accompanied by the wagons in which they live."

Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus, describing the Huns when they first appeared to the Roman world in the 300s CE (Res gestae 31.2.10)


"Every 12 years Jupiter returns to the same position in the sky; every 370 days it disappears in the fire of the Sun in the evening to the west, 30 days later it reappears in the morning to the east . . ."

Gan De, a Chinese astronomer. He was born around 400 BCE.

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