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89

Endlich fortissimo! At last, fortissimo!

Van Gustav Mahler, 19th Century Austrian compose
The famous composer reputedly said this while visiting Niagara Falls and referring to the loud rush of the water as a ‘fortissimo’ - which is a music passage marked to be played very loudly.


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Kein Baum, so heißt es, kann zum Himmel wachsen, wenn seine Wurzeln nicht bis zur Hölle reichen. No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.

Van Carl Gustav Jung


78

El futuro no está escrito porque sólo el pueblo puede escribirlo. The future is not written, because only the people can write it.

Van Adolfo Suárez González, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after the dictatorship
The statement was part of the presentation of the 1976 Political Reform, which allowed for the transition from General Franco's regime to a democratic constitutional system.


52

Kaiken viisauden alku on tosiasiain tunnustaminen. The beginning of all wisdom is acknowledgement of facts.

Van Juho Kusti Paasikivi, former president of Finland


64

A verseny lovaknak való, nem embereknek. Competitions are for horses, not artists.

Van Béla Bartók, Hungarian composer


49

Eenzaam maar niet alleen. Lonely but not alone.

Van Queen Wilhelmina
It´s the title of her book published in 1959. Queen Wilhemina (1880-1962) reigned for an amazing 50 years (1898-1948). Sadly in her personal life she was married to a prince of ill-repute and she never received any love. So when she wrote her biography in the fifties, she gave it the sad title ‘Eenzaam maar niet alleen’.


66

Se non è vero, è ben trovato. Even if it is not true, it is a good story.

Van Giordano Bruno


35

Je déteste ce que vous écrivez, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez continuer à écrire. I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Van Voltaire


63

Az új magyar narancs. Kicsit sárgább, kicsit savanyúbb, de a mienk. The new Hungarian orange. It´s a bit more yellow, a bit more sour, but it's ours.

Van Péter Bacsó
The sentence comes from the Péter Bacsó´s famous parody movie The Witness (1969) which is about the attempt in communist times to cultivate oranges in Hungary. As the climate is not suitable for subtropical fruits the mission failed. In the movie, a party leader visits the scientists experimenting with orange-growing and he expresses the wish to taste an orange. As the only ripe orange is accidentally eaten, he is given a lemon instead, accompanied by this quote as an explanation. “Hungarian orange” became a symbol for the gap between the sweet party propaganda and the daily sour reality of life until today.


5

La Dolce Vita “the sweet life” /“the sweetness of life”

Van Frederico Fellini
La Dolce Vita is the title of Italian film director, Federico Fellini's, ground-breaking 1960 satire. It was, at the time, regarded as one of the most stylish movies ever made - putting Italian cinema firmly on the world stage. The film, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, made Rome THE destination to visit and made many people aspire to drive a Lambretta or a Vespa, wear exclusive fashion along with sunglasses (at night!), drink cappuccino and generally hang out on the streets, even when it was pouring with rain! One of the characters in the film, Paparazzo, provided the inspiration for the term "paparazzi" - to describe photographers making a living from their (sometimes unwanted) shots of celebrities. Not everyone was so enamoured with the film, with some condemning if for placing a spotlight on corruption, debauchery, perversion, and aimlessness among the ‘high society’.


106

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

Van attributed to John Lennon
Although the quote is often attributed to John Lennon, it was reputedly first used in 1957 in an issue of Reader’s Digest by a man named Allen Saunders.


100

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible.

Van Audrey Hepburn, actress and humanitarian


107

Uma língua é o lugar donde se vê o Mundo e em que se traçam os limites do nosso pensar e sentir. A language is the place from where we see the world and where we draw the limits of our thinking and feeling.

Van Vergílio Ferreira
a Portuguese writer, and a key figure in Portuguese-language literature


88

In Deutschland ist die höchste Form der Anerkennung der Neid. In Germany the greatest form of acknowledgement is envy.

Van Arthur Schopenhauer


74

Yr hen a wŷr a'r ifanc a dybia. The old know and the young think (they know).

Van Unknown


33

Човекот со плач иди на светов и со плач си оди од светов. The man comes to this world crying and leaves it crying.

Van Petre M. Andreevski
This is a quote by the famous Macedonian poet Petre M. Andreevski. It can be found in his novel “Pirej“. The quote has a nostalgic note, signifying the suffering that a person has during a lifetime.


90

den gleich verwerflichen missbrauch groszer buchstaben für das substantivum, der unserer pedantischen unart gipfel heißsen kann, habe ich […] abgeschüttelt. I have shaken off the equally reprehensible misuse of capital letters for the substantive, which can be called the pinnacle of our pedantic bad manners.

Van Jakob Grimm
Co-author of Grimm’s fairy tales, was not a big fan of the capitalisation of German nouns! Despite his objections (this quote is from 1854) capitals have survived in German whilst disappearing in other languages. German and Luxembourgish are the only languages in the world to capitalise nouns, although it was once common practice in many Germanic languages, such as Danish, Swedish and English (the United States Constitution of 1787 is a well-known example).


73

Если против какой нибудь болезни предлагается очень много средств, то это значит, что болезнь неизлечима. When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.

Van Anton Chekhov
From his play "The Cherry Orchard" (1904).


39

Der Ball ist rund. Das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten. The ball is round and the game lasts 90 minutes.

Van Sepp Herberger
It is considered a deceivingly simple, yet complete, summary of what the game of football is essentially about. Herberger was a famous German player, manager and national team coach who won the 1954 World Cup with West Germany.


7

Едно е да искаш, друго е да можеш, а трето и четвърто – да го направиш. It is one thing to want something, quite another to be able to do it and rather distinct to actually do it.

Van Nikolay Haytov


79

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Van Oscar Wilde
In his book "The Picture of Dorian Gray".


55

La inteligencia sin ambición es un pájaro sin alas. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Van Salvador Dalí


53

Eteenpäin sanoi mummo lumessa. Forward, said granny, in the snow.

Van Unknown
The source is unknown, but it´s a commonly used Finnish proverb meaning "keep going through difficulties with determination".


18

Който търси съвършенство, осъден е да създава само фрагмент. Those who seek perfection will never create more than fragments.

Van Atanas Dalchev


104

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

Van Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt


67

Jew b’xejn jew xejn! Free schooling or none at all!

Van Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, Prime Minister of Malta (1982 – 1987)
In 1983, it was used as a political slogan by the Malta Labour Party government during its confrontation with the Maltese Curia, over its demand for free tuition at Church schools.


23

Čudno je kako je malo potrebno da budemo sretni, i još čudnije: kako nam često baš to malo nedostaje. It is strange how little it takes to be happy, and even stranger how often just that little bit is missing.

Van Ivo Andrić


47

Jsou skvrny které nelze vyčistit bez porušení podstaty látky. There are stains that cannot be cleaned without damaging the underlying material.

Van Bohumil Hrabal, novelist


22

Toliko je bilo u životu stvari kojih smo se bojali. A nije trebalo. Trebalo je živjeti. There were so many things in life we were afraid of. But we shouldn't have been afraid. We should have lived.

Van Ivo Andrić


101

Vindt maar mooi zooveel je kunt, de meesten vinden niet genoeg mooi. Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.

Van Vincent Van Gogh


96

Un linguaggio diversa è una visione diversa della vita. A different language is a different vision of life.

Van attributed to Federico Fellini, Italian film director and screenwriter


105

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.

Van Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist


10

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.  

Van Oscar Wilde
Said by Oscar Wilde who near the end of his life was debt-ridden and ill and his shabby accommodation in Paris did not meet with his aesthetic standards.


17

Egalitatea nu există decât în matematică. Equality only exists in mathematics.

Van Mihai Eminescu
Said by the famous Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu, considered to be one of the greatest figures in Romanian culture and is frequently quoted.


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εὕρηκα! I have found (it)!

Van Archimedes, Greek scholar (287-212 BC)
"Eureka" comes from the Ancient Greek, which he said after he had stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose, whereupon he suddenly understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged.


83

C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute. It was worse than a crime, it was a blunder.

Van Antoine Jacques Claude Joseph, comte Boulay de la Meurthe, French Politician
Reaction to the 1804 drumhead trial and execution of Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien, on orders of Napoleon.


27

Gud skabte manden før kvinden. Det er ligesom, når jeg skriver. Først laver jeg en kladde. God created man before woman. It's like when I write. First I make a draft.

Van Karen Blixen, author


3

I have nothing to declare but my genius!  

Van Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was not known for his modesty! This is, reputedly, Wilde's response to an offical who asked him if he had anything to declare at a customs control in New York in 1882.


32

L'homme est né libre et partout il est dans les fers. Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.

Van Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Opening sentence of the first chapter of his book "The Social Contract".


19

Zeig mir einen gesunden Menschen und ich werde ihn für dich heilen. Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

Van Carl Gustav Jung


57

Tous pour un, un pour tous. All for one, and one for all.

Van Alexandre Dumas
It is associated with the characters of his novel The Three Musketeers (1844).


92

Ükskord me võidame niikuinii! One day, no matter what, we will win!

Van Heinz Valk
This phrase refers to Estonia's struggle for independence in the late 1980's. Heinz Valk, an Estonian artist and politician, is also credited with coining the term "Singing Revolution" (in Estonian: laulev revolutsioon) - a series of non violent protest events that ultimately led to the restoration of independence of the Baltic countries from the Soviet Union.


93

I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.

Van Queen Elizabeth II


84

Du sublime au ridicule il n’y a qu’un pas. There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Van Napoleon Bonaparte
Said by Napoleon to De Pradt, the French ambassador to Warsaw, after the retreat from Moscow in 1812.


94

A pesszimista olyan ember, akinek mindig igaza van, de soha sincs öröme benne. A pessimist is a person who is always right, but never takes pleasure in it.

Van Edward Teller, Hungarian-American theoretical physicist


65

Tiszteld a múltat, hogy érthesd a jelent, és munkálkodhass a jövőn. Respect the past so that you can understand the present and work on the future.

Van István Széchenyi (1791-1860), Hungarian politician, political theorist, and writer
He was a major reformer and writer whose practical enterprises represented an effort towards Hungarian national development. Many great developments can be attributed to his name, for example he introduced steam shipping on the Danube, built the first suspension bridge in Budapest and also wrote several books where he voiced Hungary’s need for economic advancement.


16

Ha nem elég jók a képeid, nem voltál elég közel. If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.

Van Robert Capa
Attributed to Robert Capa (1913-1954) who was a famous Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist. He is considered to be one of the greatest combat and adventure photographers in history.


61

Αγάλι αγάλι γίνεται η αγουρίδα μέλι. Slowly, slowly the sour grape becomes honey.

Van Unknown, Greek proverb
All things require a great deal of time to mature, be they people or situations. Patience is a virtue.


76

Dün dündür, bugün bugündür. Yesterday was yesterday, today is today.

Van Sami Süleyman Gündoğdu Demirel
First said by Süleyman Demirel who served seven times as Turkey’s prime minister and became one of the most iconic political figures in Turkish political history. The quotation was announced by him in 1970’s, in order to justify his frequently changing political decisions. This quote has been used by many politicians for and against the political u-turns.


91

Qu'ils mangent de la brioche. Let them eat cake.

Van ???
This quote is often attributed to Marie-Antoinette, the wife of Louis XVI. Where it really comes from is unknown. As early as in the 1760s, the sentence is found in the memoirs of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau - when Marie Antoinette still lived in Vienna and was only 10 years old. Some historians attribute it to Theresa of Spain (1638-1683), the first wife of Louis XIV.


2

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him

Van Voltaire


15

Aki kíváncsi, mindig talál rejtvényeket maga körül. Aki eltökélt, meg is oldja őket. If you are curious, you'll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them.

Van Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube


4

Alles gerettet Majestät! All is saved your Majesty!

Van the Chief of police to Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria
This initial assessment of the outcome of a fire in Vienna's Ringtheater turned out to have been overly optimitisic. A keen- to-please chief of police reputedly issued this report to Austria's emperor Franz Joseph, after the outbreak of the fire in December 1881. In fact, the Ringtheater was burned to the ground and 386 opera-goers to Hoffmanns Erzählungen tragically died as a result. The quote is now used to show-up 'half-truths' designed entirely to please the target audience, rather than to convey reality.


68

Den sterkeste mann i verden, det er han som står mest alene. You see, the point is that the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

Van Henrik Ibsen


11

Kõikjal räägitakse kommunismi surmast, aga keegi ei ole veel näinud kommunismi laipa. The death of communism is being proclaimed from the rooftops, but no one has yet seen a corpse.

Van Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia


87

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren, wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren. Who fights might lose. Who doesn´t fight has lost already.

Van Bertolt Brecht
In fact the quote is probably a paraphrased version of Brecht's 1934 „Koloman Wallisch Kantate“ which was never completed. The complete quote is: "Wer zu Hause bleibt, wenn der Kampf beginnt / Und lässt andere kämpfen für seine Sache Der muss sich vorsehen; denn Wer den Kampf nicht geteilt hat Der wird teilen die Niederlage. Nicht einmal den Kampf vermeidet Wer den Kampf vermeiden will; denn Es wird kämpfen für die Sache des Feinds Wer für seine Sache nicht gekämpft hat."


56

Je n'ai fait celle-ci plus longue parce que je n'ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. I have made this letter longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it short.

Van Blaise Pascal
In his Lettres Provinciales (1656-1657). What he was saying, of course, is that it's easy to ramble on, it takes effort to be succinct.


44

Մահ ոչ իմացեալ մահ է, մահ իմացեալ՝ անմահութիւն. An unexpected death means merely dying, but a death willingly borne renders one immortal.

Van Yeghishe, Armenian historian from the time of late antiquity
This quotation comes from a rebellion in the 5th century against Persian overlordship, when the Armenians were ordered to give up Christianity and return to paganism. The quote is attributed to the chronicler of the time, Yeghishe. It characterises the rebel leader, Vartan Mamikonian, and his crew, called the Vartanank. This expression is used as a call to self-sacrifice nowadays, not necessarily couched in Christian or otherwise religious terms. It could also be quite political and military in its context.


81

Hvad er ungdom? En drøm. Hvad er kærlighed? Drømmens indhold. What is youth? A dream. What is love? The content of the dream.

Van Søren Kierkegaard, philosopher


46

Държава, която не строи училища и библиотеки, строи затвори. A country which builds no schools or libraries, builds prisons.

Van Rada Kazaliiska, Bulgarian poet


37

Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker. What does not kill me, makes me stronger.

Van Friedrich Nietzsche


82

Buďte na lidi hodní, nebo vám nepůjdou na pohřeb. Be nice to people, or they won't come to your funeral.

Van Bohumil Hrabal. novelist


26

Livet forstås baglæns, men må leves forlæns. Life can only be understood by looking backward; but it must be lived looking forward.

Van Søren Kierkegaard


103

Het gelukken is soms ’t eindresultaat van een heele serie mislukkingen. Success is sometimes the outcome of a whole string of failures.

Van Vincent Van Gogh


51

Sotsiaalse ebavõrdsuse kahandamise kõige tõhusam viis on haridusse investeerimine. The best way to reduce social inequality is to invest into education.

Van Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia


36

Gott würfelt nicht! God does not play dice with the universe.

Van Albert Einstein


21

Što ne boli – to nije život, što ne prolazi – to nije sreća. What doesn't hurt - is not life; what doesn't pass - is not happiness.

Van Ivo Andrić, Yugoslav author and diplomat, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961.


58

Honi soit qui mal y pense. Evil to him who evil thinks.

Van Edward III of England, Monarch of England
It´s the motto of the British Order of the Garter originated by Edward 3rd (in 1348 or 1349).


99

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

Van Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-British philosopher


50

De best stuurlui staan aan wal. The best helmsman stands ashore.

Van Unknown
The origin is unknown but it is common already by the 17th century. It implies that those seeing a ship in a storm from the shore think they can better determine how the ship should be steered while in reality they would most likely panic in that situation themselves. It is used to indicate that it is easy to criticise other´s work, when one is merely watching from the sidelines.


45

Մարդու գործն է միշտ անմահ. One's work is always immortal.

Van Hovhannes Toumanian
A line from a poem about immortality - The Capture of Fort Tmouk, published in 1902. Hovhannes Toumanian (1869-1923) is a very famous, very popular author of the turn of the 20th century, noted for his short stories, children's stories, and poems. This is a general expression of how good deeds live on. Or just deeds - that is, if one does something bad, that too can have long-term consequences.


69

Evig eies kun det tapte. Only what is lost is possessed forever.

Van Henrik Ibsen


80

Forgyldning forgår, men svinelæder består. Gilding perishes, but pig leather endures.

Van Hans Christian Andersen


1

Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral. First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics.

Van Bertolt Brecht
from the Threepenny Opera (1928)


9

Når man er tyve år har man løst verdensgåden. I trediveårsalderen begynder man at tænke over den og i fyrreårsalderen finder man den uløselig. When you're twenty, you've solved the world's riddle. At thirty you start to think about it and at forty you find it unsolvable.

Van Johan August Strindberg


98

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.

Van Geoffrey Willans, English writer and journalist


8

Pravda a láska musí zvítězit nad lží a nenávistí. Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.

Van Václav Havel
Spoken by Václav Havel to the crowd on Wenceslas Square in Prague, 10 December 1989, amid the “Velvet Revolution”. On 29 December he was elected president of what was still officially known as the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic.


54

Chentu concas, chentu berrittas. One hundred heads, one hundred hats.

Van Unknown.
It's a famous sentence used to indicate a group who are not very united because everyone brings their own ideas without caring about those of others. "Berrita" refers to a traditional hat worn throughout Sardinia until the end of 19th century. There are many versions of this sentence in languages spoken on Sardinia and Corsica.


41

Phantasie ist wichtiger als Wissen, denn Wissen ist begrenzt. Fantasy is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.

Van Albert Einstein


43

Wer eine Jogginghose trägt, hat die Kontrolle über sein Leben verloren. Whoever wears sweatpants has lost control of his life.

Van Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer


28

Penge ødelægger næsten alt – og manglen på penge resten. Money ruins almost everything - and the lack of money the rest.

Van Hans Bendix


34

Et qu'est-ce qu'il a voulu dire par ça? And what did he mean by that?

Van Klemens von Metternich
19th century Austrian diplomat Metternich, who was used to interpreting the slightest signals as hints or possible indicatiions of new strategies, is said to have asked of Talleyrand when he heard that the French statesman had died.


95

Létfontosságú, hogy időnként olyan dolgot csináljunk, ami nem létfontosságú. It is vital to occasionally do something that is not vital.

Van László Mérő, Hungarian psychologist


71

Красота спасет мир Beauty will save the world.

Van Fyodor Dostoyevsky
From his novel "The Idiot" (1869).


85

Muss es sein? Es muss sein! Must it be? It must be!

Van Ludwig van Beethoven
These are the words that he wrote in the epigraph of the score of his 16th string quartet, Op. 135, in F major.


102

Créer, c’est vivre deux fois. To create is to live twice.

Van Albert Camus, French author


29

Hvad vil mennesket med det evige liv, hvis det keder sig søndag eftermiddag? What does man want with eternal life if he is bored on Sunday afternoon?

Van Søren Kierkegaard


72

Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему.” Все счастливые семьи похожи друг на друга, каждая несчастливая семья несчастлива по-своему. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Van Leo Tolstoy
From his novel "Anna Karenina" (1878).


97

Il existe une beauté particulière qui naît dans le langage, du langage et pour le langage. A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.

Van Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher


48

Naar vi læse gamle Historier, støde vi os over Forfædrenes Skikke og Maneerer: Og, naar vore Efterkommere igien læse disse Tiders Historier, ville de maaskee finde ligesaa stor Materie til Latter. When we read old histories, we are struck by the customs and manners of our ancestors: And, when our descendants read the histories of our own times, they may as well find quite as much matter for laughter.

Van Ludvig Holberg (1684 – 1754), Danish writer, essayist, philosopher and historian


14

Om ett träd dör, plantera ett annat i dess ställe. If a tree dies, plant another in its place.

Van Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist


13

Kunst on paratamatus. Kunst on kultuuri geen, mis iseennast taastoodab ja niiviisi kultuuri kasvatab, ainsat keskkonda, milles inimese vaim saab hingata. Art is inevitable. Art is the cultural gene that reproduces itself and thus cultivates culture, the only environment in which the human spirit can breathe.

Van Lennart Meri, former president of Estionia


30

Tvrd je orah voćka čudnovata, ne slomi ga, al’ zube polomi. A hard nut is a strange fruit, you won't break it, but you'll break your teeth.

Van Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
This is a line from his epic poem "The Mountain Wreath" and is part of a reply to a vizier Selim who requested unconditional surrender from "tiny" Montenegro which he insulted for being small. The response is saying that although Montenegro is tiny, it will be a tough nut to crack if Ottomans try to conquer it. Nowadays, it means one should not underestimate others, no matter how small/weak they seem.


77

Allt är relativt, även åldern. Everything is relative, including age.

Van Johan August Strindberg


31

Elk nadeel heeft zijn voordeel. Every disadvantage has its advantage.

Van Johan Cruyff, Dutch professional football player


42

Auch aus Steinen, die einem in den Weg gelegt werden, kann man Schönes bauen. Even from stones placed in one's path, one can build something beautiful.

Van attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


75

Світ ловив мене, та не спіймав. The world tried to catch me but failed.

Van Hryhorii Skovoroda, Ukrainian philosopher


70

Все починяют телевизоры, но никто не починяет головы, поврежденные телевизором. Everyone repairs televisions, but no one repairs the heads damaged by the TV.

Van Fazil Abdulovich Iskander, writer and poet


60

Wer Visionen hat, soll zum Arzt gehen. Those who have visions should go and see a doctor..

Van Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1974–1982)


86

Die Politik ist die Lehre vom Möglichen. Politics is the art of the possible.

Van Otto von Bismarck


25

Nade vším vítězí pravda. Truth conquers all.

Van Jan Hus, Catholic reformer and scholar


38

Zwei Dinge sind unendlich, das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, aber bei dem Universum bin ich mir noch nicht ganz sicher. Only two things are truly infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, although I'm not sure yet regarding the Universe.

Van attributed to Albert Einstein


24

Није ми жао што су украли моје идеје, већ што нису имали своје. I don’t care that they stole my ideas. I care that they don’t have any of their own.

Van Nikola Tesla, inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.


59

Après moi, le déluge. Ruin, if you like, when we are dead and gone.

Van King Louis XV of France
King Louis XV said to Madame de Pompadour. It is generally considered a nihilistic expression of indifference to whatever happens after one is gone though it may also express a more literal forecasting of ruination. The phrase refers to the biblical flood and is believed to date from after the 1757 Battle of Rossbach, which was disastrous for the French.