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"Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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I was indeed very slow as a youngster.

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History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite.

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Iris Murdoch

Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

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Charles Ranlett Flint

Ambition and thirst for power have a part but greed and greed alone is the reason for a man wanting to swell his ward.

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Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I can't let my mother's death have been in vain. Democracy is the best revenge, and we will have it.

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Ralph Chaplin

The minds of men are at last aroused; reason looks out and justifies her own, and malice finds all her work is ruin.

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John Milton

That practis'd falsehood under saintly shew, Deep malice to conceal, couch'd with revenge.

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Lauren DeStefano

She smiles at our husband as she moves, and he blushes, overcome by her beauty. But I know what her smile really means...Her smile is her revenge.

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William Ernest Henley

Night with her train of stars And her great gift of sleep.

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J. B. Priestley

I know only two words of American slang, 'swell' and 'lousy'. I think 'swell' is lousy, but 'lousy' is swell.

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I suddenly leaned forward,bringing my face close to hers.catching her breath,stifling that laugh and pink tongue,she watched me wide-eyed.I removed the wallet from my back pocket and sat down casually...

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Cast out envy; you can have all that you want, and you need not envy any man what he has. Above all things, see to it that you do not hold malice or enmity toward any one; to do so cuts you off from the...

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Ask of Her, the mighty Mother. Her reply puts this other Question: What is Spring?- Growth in every thing - Flesh and fleece, fur and feather, Grass and green world all together, Star-eyed strawberry...

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Empty me of the selfishness inside, every vain ambition and the poison of my pride, and any foolish thing my heart holds to, Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.

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To feel forever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest, Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever-or else swoon in death.

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When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.

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Jonathan Swift

No preacher is listened to but time, which gives us the same train and turn of thought that elder people have in vain tried to put into our heads before.

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And these gems of Heav'n, her starry train.

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