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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
– Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
– Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. But I will always miss those times, becaues I spent them with you. - Anthony "Kubilay" Girit
– Anthony Girit
It was the boast of Augustus that he found Rome of brick and left it of marble. But how much nobler will be the sovereign's boast when he shall have it to say that he found law... a sealed book and left it a living letter found it the patrimony of the rich and left it the inheritance of the poor found it the two-edged sword of craft and oppression and left it the staff of honesty and the shield of innocence.
– Henry Brougham
It was the dawn of the third age of mankind…
– J. Michael Straczynski
It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.
– Hunter S. Thompson
It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
– Marguerite Duras
It was the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me in my life. It was as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.
– Ernest Rutheford
It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
– Harry S Truman
It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
– Ornette Coleman
It was when Lucifer first congratulated himself upon his angelic behavior that he became the tool of evil.
– Dag Hammarskjld
It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
– Mark Twain
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
– Albert Einstein, Letter, 24 March 1954. Quoted in "Albert Einstein: The Human Side," edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman
It wasn't that Microsoft was so brilliant or clever in copying the Mac, it's that the Mac was a sitting duck for 10 years. That's Apple's problem: Their differentiation evaporated.
– Steve Jobs
It well becomes a young man to be modest.
– Titus Maccius Plautus
It were not best that we should all think alike it is the difference of opinion that makes horse races. - from Pudd'nhead Wilson
– Mark Twain
It will be an ill day when our brethren take to bragging and boasting and call it 'testimony to the victorious Christian life.' We trust that holiness will be more than ever the aim of believers, but not the boastful holiness which has deluded some of the excellent of the earth into vain glory, and under which their firmest friends shudder for them.
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon
It will be hard to discover a better [method of education] than that which the experience of so many ages has already discovered, and this may be summed up as consisting in gymnastics for the body, and _music_ for the soul... For this reason is a musical education so essential; since it causes Rhythm and Harmony to penetrate most intimately into the soul, taking the strongest hold upon it, filling it with _beauty_ and making the man _beautiful-minded_.
– Plato, from a footnote in The Colloquy of Monos and Una, Edgar Allen Poe
It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.
– James Madison
It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.
– Samuel Smiles
It will go down in history as a turning point for the music industry. This is landmark stuff. I can't overestimate it!
– Steve Jobs
It will not be any European statesman who will unite Europe Europe will be united by the Chinese.
– Charles De Gaulle
It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.
– George W. Foote
It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.
– Jane Austen
It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.
– John Von Neumann (ca. 1949)

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