John Hartford/Traditional, Billy the Kid
In America a hundred years is a long time. In Europe a hundred miles is a long distance.
Well, I give up. Can’t win against fools.
Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke
Otherwise business here continues as though nothing untoward has taken place. The ships that arrived from India are being unloaded, the merchants ply their trade and go to sea; it is the nobility and soldiers alone who have perished. No merchant has suffered thereby since they all stayed behind. The four regents whom the king appointed to rule the kingdom in his absence were ratified in their office by the Cardinal. The Government and Officials deal with the people in so friendly a manner that everyone is astounded thereat. In spite of these terrible tidings no riots have occurred and if a stranger, who had never been here before came to the city, he would swear by all that is holy that no ill-fortune has befallen this kingdom for a hundred years.
Anonymous, Fugger News Letter from Lisbon, August 22 & 25, 1578
Here I am sitting at a comfortable table loaded heavily with books, with one eye on my typewriter and the other on Licorice the cat, who has a great fondness for carbon paper, and I am telling you that the Emperor Napoleon was a most contemptible person. But should I happen to look out of the window, down upon Seventh Avenue, and hear the sound of heavy drums and see the little man on his white horse, in his old and much-worn green uniform, then I don’t know, but I am afraid that I would leave my books and the kitten and my home and everything else to follow him wherever he cared to lead. My own grandfather did this and Heaven knows he was not born to be a hero.
Hendrik Willem van Loon
ΘYou recall a girl That’s been In nearly every song
Buddy Holly, Peggy Sue Got Married
ΘI cannot bring a world quite round although I patch it as I can
Wallace Stevens, The Man With The Blue Guitar
And he told stories, tracing with his finger in the dust, of the immense and sumptuous ritual of the avalanche-guarded cathedrals, of processions and devil-dances; of the changing of monks and nuns into swine; of holy cities fifteen thousand feet in the air; of the intrigue between monastery and monastery; of voices among the hills, and of that mysterious mirage that dances on dry snow.
Rudyard Kipling, Kim
ΘAlas, ’tis true I have gone here and there As a decrepit father takes delight As an unperfect actor on the stage As fast as thou shalt wane
Shakespeare, First four opening lines of the sonnets arranged in alphabetical order
Then he turned and headed straight for home, but he took the long way, around the world.
Fritz Lieber, Gonna Roll The Bones
The image of a free constitution was maintained with a decent reverence.
Gibbon, Decline & Fall of The Roman Empire
ΘThese are the days that must happen to you
Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road
ΘI’m going out where the lights aren’t so bright When I get back you can treat me like a Saturday night
Townes Van Zandt, Treat Me Like A Saturday Night
Cold has a thousand shapes and a thousand ways of moving in the world: On the sea it gallops like a troop of horses, on the countryside it falls like a swarm of locusts, in the cities like a knife blade it slashed the streets and penetrates the chinks of unheated houses.
Italo Calvino, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler
You can train older men to be soldiers; It’s done in every major war. But you can never get them to believe that they like it.
Gwynne Dyer, War
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices
I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. … I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC (Ret.)
ΘAlways told you I’d be coming back In a Cadillac
Eddie Hinton, Letter From Mississippi