„[I]f neuroses were swimming pools one might, like Cheever's swimmer, steer a course from my house to the city limits and never touch dry land.“

—  Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Berkeley (March 2002)
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„I have endeavoured to steer a middle course between the general verbosity of our English statutes, and the extreme brevity of the French criminal code. ... In the bills I have the honour of submitting to the House, a middle course has been steered between the redundancy of our own legal enactments, and the conciseness of the French code.“

—  Robert Peel British Conservative statesman 1788 - 1850
Home Secretary, Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1827/mar/13/criminal-laws-consolidation-bills#column_1156 in the House of Commons (13 March 1827) on the consolidation of the criminal law

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„One day I rode in company with ‘Alã-ul-mulk and arrived at a plain called Tarna at a distance of seven miles from the city. There I saw innumerable stone images and animals, many of which had undergone a change, the original shape being obliterated. Some were reduced to a head, others to a foot and so on. Some of the stones were shaped like grain, wheat, peas, beans and lentils. And there were traces of a house which contained a chamber built of hewn stone, the whole of which looked like one solid mass. Upon it was a statue in the form of a man, the only difference being that its head was long, its mouth was towards a side of its face and its hands at its back like a captive’s. There were pools of water from which an extremely bad smell came. Some of the walls bore Hindî inscriptions. ‘Alã-ul-mulk told me that the historians assume that on this site there was a big city, most of the inhabitants of which were notorious. They were changed into stone. The petrified human form on the platform in the house mentioned above was that of their king. The house still goes by the name of ‘the king’s house’. It is presumed that the Hindî inscriptions, which some of the walls bear, give the history of the destruction of the inhabitants of this city. The destruction took place about a thousand years ago…“

—  Ibn Battuta Moroccan explorer 1304 - 1377
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„They were [my] friends. Those guys were like The Monkees. They lived in this house all together… no joke, the whole band all together in the same house, and they were really fun. They were really young guys and they lived the real Rock life. Of course it all went horribly wrong later, but they were great.“

—  Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017
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„Like to a leafless tree,
Dry river bed, or house in pathless waste,
Is gentle blood that hath no courtesy.“

—  Francesco Berni Italian poet 1497 - 1535
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„It is as difficult for towns and cities as it is for commercial houses to recover from ruin.“

—  Honoré de Balzac, buch Pierrette
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„Beginning Beloved with numerals rather than spelled out numbers, it was my intention to give the house an identity separate from the street or even the city…“

—  Toni Morrison American writer 1931 - 2019
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