William Shakespeare Page

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”

- William Shakespeare

Source/Notes: As You Like It (1599–1600), Act II, scene vii.
Rudyard Kipling Page

“[To Lord Beaverbrook:] Power without responsibility: the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.”

- Rudyard Kipling

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Kipling Journal, December 1971
Christian Dior Page

“Women are most fascinating between the ages of thirty-five and forty, after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass forty, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.”

- Christian Dior

Charles Hodge Page

“Original sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.”

- Charles Hodge

Truman Capote Page

“Past certain ages or certain wisdoms it is very difficult to look with wonder; it is best done when one is a child; after that, and if you are lucky, you will find a bridge of childhood and walk across it.”

- Truman Capote

Source/Notes: Local Color (1950)


Aneurin Bevan Page

“It is an axiom, enforced by all the experience of the ages, that they who rule industrially will rule politically.”

- Aneurin Bevan

James Thurber Page

“Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.”

- James Thurber

Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney Page

“Little drops of water, Little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean And the pleasant land. Thus the little minutes, Humble though they be, Make the mighty ages Of eternity.”

- Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney

Arthur O'Shaughnessy Page

“We, in the ages lying In the buried past of the earth, Built Nineveh with our sighing, And Babel itself with our mirth; And o'erthrew them with prophesying To the old of the new world's worth; For each age is a dream that is dying, Or one that is coming to birth.”

- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Source/Notes: Music and Moonlight (1874)
Isaac Watts Page

“Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.”

- Isaac Watts

Source/Notes: Psalm 90 Our God, our help in ages past st. 1 (1719).


Ovid Page

“All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.”

- Ovid

Source/Notes: Metamorphoses ("Transformations")
Heraclitus Page

“The Sibyl, speaking with inspired mouth, sends her voice to remotest ages.”

- Heraclitus

Source/Notes: Variant: "But the Sibyl with raging mouth uttering things solemn, rude and unadorned, reaches with her voice over a thousand years, because of the God." - The Fragments of the Work of Heraclitus of Ephesus on Nature (1889), translated by G.T.W Patrick, Ph.D., p. 86, "On Nature - XII"
Andre Maurois Page

“We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity - romantic love and gunpowder.”

- Andre Maurois

Source/Notes: The Silence of Colonel Bramble
Daniel Webster Page

“The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.”

- Daniel Webster

Source/Notes: The Presidential Protest, 7th May, 1834
Thomas Jefferson Page

“In the middle ages of Christianity opposition to the State opinions was hushed. The consequence was, Christianity became loaded with all the Romish follies. Nothing but free argument, raillery & even ridicule will preserve the purity of religion.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: 1770s


George Bernard Shaw Page

“The great danger of conversion in all ages has been that when the religion of the high mind is offered to the lower mind, the lower mind, feeling its fascination without understanding it, and being incapable of rising to it, drags it down to its level by degrading it.”

- George Bernard Shaw

L. Frank Baum Page

“Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.”

- L. Frank Baum