A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!

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By: William Shakespeare

Context:
Act V, Scene IV of Shakespeare's Richard III, quoted in an AM New York article about the real Richard III's remains being found in excavations of a medieval friary under a city park in London, England. The discovery was made by a team from the University of Leicester.

source: AM New York,  

The world has grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch.

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By: William Shakespeare

Context:
Act I, Scene III of Shakespeare's Richard III, quoted in an AM New York article about the real Richard III's remains being found in excavations of a medieval friary under a city park in London, England. The discovery was made by a team from the University of Leicester.

source: AM New York,  

So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? and of the affections, — What is good? by yielding itself passive to the educated Will. ... Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit.

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By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Context:
The closing of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1836 essay "Nature".

America is now in that curious interlude that Nietzsche foretold a century ago: the time of the reevaluation, the devising of new values to replace the osteoporotic skeletons of the old. Behold, it is not the ending but the beginning! Sisters and brethren, it is written that these are evil days, but I say unto you: the holiest of spirits are even now bubbling up into every brain.

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By: Tom Wolfe

Context:
From Wolfe's Life Magazine article "The Sexed-Up, Doped-Up, Hedonistic Heaven of the Boom-Boom ’70s" (December 1979).