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Thebes Sayings By Renee Ahdieh: When I was a little girl in Thebes, I remember asking my mother what heaven When I was a little girl in Thebes, I remember asking my mother what heaven was. She replied, 'A heart where love dwells.' Of course, I then demanded to know what constituted hell. She looked me straight in the eye and said, 'A heart absent love. — Renee Ahdieh
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Thebes Sayings By Bertolt Brecht: Who built the seven gates of Thebes? In the books are listed the names of Who built the seven gates of Thebes? In the books are listed the names of kings. Did the kings heave up the building blocks? — Bertolt Brecht
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Thebes Sayings By Tom Bouden: That was the day I knew. It was as if Rolls met Royce, Black met That was the day I knew. It was as if Rolls met Royce, Black met Decker, Oliver met Stan, TinTin met Snowy, Marks met Spencer... he was to me what Patracolus was to Achilles, Hylas to Hercules, Enkidoe to Gilgamesh, Jonathan to David, Bosie to Oscar Wilde, Rimbaud to Verlaine. He was my Billy Budd, all the holy multitude of Thebes, Jasjoe mixed with Tadzio... — Tom Bouden
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Thebes Sayings By Diodorus Siculus: Over the door of the library in Thebes is the inscription Medicine for the soul. Over the door of the library in Thebes is the inscription Medicine for the soul. — Diodorus Siculus
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Thebes Sayings By Janet Morris: Ask yourselves if the gods are angry, you who have seen Harmony come among us, Ask yourselves if the gods are angry, you who have seen Harmony come among us, walk among us, touch us, look kindly upon us. We are the Sacred Band of Thebes. We fight in the forefront, therefore we bleed first. We live, therefore we die. — Janet Morris
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Thebes Sayings By Ralph Waldo Emerson: All writing is by the grace of God. People do not deserve to have good All writing is by the grace of God. People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad. In these sentences that you show me, I can find no beauty, for I see death in every clause and every word. There is a fossil or a mummy character which pervades this book. The best sepulchers, the vastest catacombs, Thebes and Cairo, Pyramids, are sepulchers to me. I like gardens and nurseries. Give me initiative, spermatic, prophesying, man-making words. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thebes Sayings By John Milton: Sometime let gorgeous Tragedy In sceptred pall come sweeping by, Presenting Thebes, or Pelops' line, Sometime let gorgeous Tragedy In sceptred pall come sweeping by, Presenting Thebes, or Pelops' line, Or the tale of Troy divine. — John Milton
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Thebes Sayings By Salman Rushdie: While he was writing the novel he received an invitation from the American University in While he was writing the novel he received an invitation from the American University in Cairo, asking him to come and talk to their students. They said they couldn't pay him much but they could, if he were interested, arrange for him to take a boat up the Nile for a few days in the company of one of their leading Egyptologists. To see the world of ancient Egypt was one of his great unfulfilled dreams and he wrote back quickly. "If I could just finish my novel and arrange to come after that, that would be best," he suggested. Then he finished the novel,and it was The Satanic Verses, and a trip to Egypt became impossible, and he had to accept that he might never see the Pyramids, or Memphis, or Luxor, or Thebes, or Abu Simbel. It was one of the many futures he would lose. — Salman Rushdie
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Thebes Sayings By Renee Ahdieh: Despina edged closer. "When I was a little girl in Thebes, I remember asking my Despina edged closer. "When I was a little girl in Thebes, I remember asking my mother what heaven was. She replied, 'A heart where love dwells.' Of course, I then demanded to know what constituted hell. She looked me straight in the eye and said, 'A heart absent love.'" Despina studied Shahrzad as she spoke. — Renee Ahdieh
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Thebes Sayings By Milan Kundera: As as result of your "not knowing," this country has lost its freedom, lost it As as result of your "not knowing," this country has lost its freedom, lost it for centuries, perhaps, and you shout that you feel no guilt?
How can you stant the sight of what you've done?
How is it you aren't horrified? Have you no eyes to see?
If you had eyes, you would have to put them out and wander away from Thebes! — Milan Kundera
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Thebes Sayings By Janet Morris: Now the Fates are here on the beach, three shadows blacker than black, walking through Now the Fates are here on the beach, three shadows blacker than black, walking through the dunes and looking for their own. Just shadows, lamb-white hands beneath black robes spun of tears, glide among the celebrants on this night wherein the spirits of Thebes have found a home, if serendipitously. — Janet Morris
Thebes Sayings By Norman F. Cantor: The end of Egypt's isolation turned what had been only occasional and incidental contact with The end of Egypt's isolation turned what had been only occasional and incidental contact with the rest of the Near East into a constant and significant exchange of goods and ideas. The new cosmopolitanism introduced new forms and motifs and a growing naturalism to art. Egypt had always been receptive to immigrants, who had easily been assimilated into its culture; now even the pharaohs could marry foreigners. In addition, the increase of commerce and the emergence of a cosmopolitan urban population
at Thebes and other cities
marked the first real urbanization in Egyptian society. — Norman F. Cantor
Thebes Sayings By Thomas Carlyle: Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music Not only was Thebes built by the music of an Orpheus; but without the music of some inspired Orpheus was no city ever built, no work that man glories in ever done. — Thomas Carlyle
Thebes Sayings By Hector Hugh Munro: The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside. — Hector Hugh Munro
Thebes Sayings By Miriam Toews: When we got back to the house Logan grabbed his basketball, threw it really hard When we got back to the house Logan grabbed his basketball, threw it really hard against the hallway wall, knocked the framed family photo to the floor-it didn't break, he didn't pick it up-and left with a couple of his friends. Thebes picked up the photo, hung it back on the wall, sighed heavily like she'd travelled to every corner of the world, on her knees, with a knife in her back and a boa constrictor wrapped around her chest, and then made us a couple of blueberry smoothies. — Miriam Toews
Thebes Sayings By Henry David Thoreau: When I go into a museum and see the mummies wrapped in their linen bandages, When I go into a museum and see the mummies wrapped in their linen bandages, I see that the lives of men began to need reform as long ago as when they walked the earth. I come out into the streets, and meet men who declare that the time is near at hand for the redemption of the race. But as men lived in Thebes, so do they live in Dunstable today. — Henry David Thoreau
Thebes Sayings By Michael Tsarion: All is made clear,regarding Abraham and Sarah's traversal into Egypt, when we realize what biblicists All is made clear,regarding Abraham and Sarah's traversal into Egypt, when we realize what biblicists meant by the term "Egypt." As Ralph Ellis so brilliantly points out, the name Egypt was employed by the composers of the Old Testament to denote Thebes in Lower Egypt. This was the city and region controlled by the adversaries of the Hyksos. It was considered a separate region, with different rulers, gods, customs, and politics. So, it was not the country of Egypt that Abraham visited, but Thebes within Egypt. — Michael Tsarion
Thebes Sayings By Sophocles: CHORUS:You that live in my ancestral Thebes, behold this Oedipus,- him who knew the famous CHORUS:
You that live in my ancestral Thebes, behold this Oedipus,- him who knew the famous riddles and was a man most masterful; not a citizen who did not look with envy on his lot- see him now and see the breakers of misfortune swallow him!
Look upon that last day always. Count no mortal happy till he has passed the final limit of his life secure from pain. — Sophocles
Thebes Sayings By Henry David Thoreau: I have made a very rude translation of the Seven against Thebes, and Pindar too I have made a very rude translation of the Seven against Thebes, and Pindar too I have looked at, and wish he was better worth translating. I believe even the best things are not equal to their fame. Perhaps it would be better to translate fame itself,
or is not that what the poets themselves do? However, I have not done with Pindar yet. — Henry David Thoreau
Thebes Sayings By Niccolo Machiavelli: Whether this has ever happened I know not, nor whether it ever can happen. For Whether this has ever happened I know not, nor whether it ever can happen. For we see, as I have said a little way back, that a city which owing to its pervading corruption has once begun to decline, if it is to recover at all, must be saved not by the excellence of the people collectively, but of some one man then living among them, on whose death it at once relapses into its former plight; as happened with Thebes, in which the virtue of Epaminondas made it possible while he lived to preserve the form of a free Government, but which fell again on his death into its old disorders; the reason being that hardly any ruler lives so long as to have time to accustom to right methods a city which has long been accustomed to wrong. — Niccolo Machiavelli
Thebes Sayings By Voltaire: At a great distance appeared with the same pomp the sheep of Thebes, the dog At a great distance appeared with the same pomp the sheep of Thebes, the dog of Bubastis, the cat of Phoebe, the crocodile of Arsinoe, the goat of Mendes, and all the inferior gods of Egypt, who came to pay homage to the great ox, to the mighty Apis, as powerful as Isis, Osiris, and Horus, united together.
In the midst of the demi-gods, forty priests carried an enormous basket, filled with sacred onions. These were, it is true, gods, but they resembled onions very much.
("The White Bull") — Voltaire
Thebes Sayings By Bertolt Brecht: Who built the seven towers of Thebes?The books are filled with the names of kings.Was Who built the seven towers of Thebes?
The books are filled with the names of kings.
Was it kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone? ...
In the evening when the Chinese wall was finished
Where did the masons go? ... — Bertolt Brecht
Thebes Sayings By Rick Riordan: A really hard time writing about it. I hate Hera. While Hercules was growing up A really hard time writing about it. I hate Hera. While Hercules was growing up as a cowherd in Thebes, his cousin Eurystheus grew up as the high king of Mycenae. That may sound awesome, — Rick Riordan
Thebes Sayings By Miriam Toews: The guy's name was Colt.Colt, said Thebes. Like a baby, male horse?I guess, said the The guy's name was Colt.
Colt, said Thebes. Like a baby, male horse?
I guess, said the guy, or a gun.
Well, which do you prefer? she said.
What do you mean? he asked.
Like, how do you prefer to think of yourself? As a baby, male horse?
No, he said, he didn't really like to think of himself that way.
Well, then, as a gun? she said.
No, not really, he said. He preferred basically not to think of himself at all. — Miriam Toews
Thebes Sayings By David Gemmell: I carry the seeds of your hatred,' he shouted, hurling his words to the winds, I carry the seeds of your hatred,' he shouted, hurling his words to the winds, 'and I know where
to plant them.'
Yes, he thought, Thebes is the right destination for the Lion of Macedon. — David Gemmell
Thebes Sayings By Mary Renault: Some would take nothing, like Perdiccas; whose inclusion suggests, in spite of Ptolemy, that he Some would take nothing, like Perdiccas; whose inclusion suggests, in spite of Ptolemy, that he did the right thing at Thebes. "What are you keeping for yourself?" he asked. "Hope," said Alexander, to which Perdiccas' prophetic answer was, "That I'll share. — Mary Renault
Thebes Sayings By Virginia Boecker: I circle around them, my sword pointed in their direction. "Hermes Trismegistus. Ostanes the Persian. I circle around them, my sword pointed in their direction. "Hermes Trismegistus. Ostanes the Persian. Olympiodorous of Thebes---"
I stop, feeling like an idiot. These necromancers and the ridiculous names they give themselves. They're always trying to outdo one another.
"You five," I said instead. "By the authority of King Malcolm of Anglia, I am commanded to arrest you for the crime of witchcraft. — Virginia Boecker
Thebes Sayings By Oliver Taplin: In the last book of the Iliad (24.602ff.), Achilles urges Priam to eat: even Niobe, In the last book of the Iliad (24.602ff.), Achilles urges Priam to eat: even Niobe, he says, after all her children had been slaughtered by the gods, took food eventually. Both Priam and Achilles have been bereaved of their dearest, and yet they gather themselves, and eat, and sleep, and go on living. (...) ...there are two early Lucanian vases with mourners by a grave stele with the same inscription "spoken" by the tomb: "On my back I grow mallow and thick-rooted asphodel: / in my bosom I hold Oedipus, son of Laios." Even Oedipus, the great king of Thebes, archetype of tragedy, experienced a catastrophic fall and descended into the deepest pit of horrors; yet ordinary plants grow on his tomb. We are not so different. — Oliver Taplin
Thebes Sayings By Aldous Huxley: He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk - and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk - and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom - all were gone. Whisk - the place where Italy had been empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk, King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk ... — Aldous Huxley
Thebes Sayings By Bertolt Brecht: Who built Thebes of the seven gates?In the books you will find the name of Who built Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the name of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?
And Babylon, many times demolished.
Who raised it up so many times? In what houses
Of gold-glittering Lima did the builders live?
Where, the evening that the Wall of China was finished
Did the masons go? Great Rome
Is full of triumphal arches. Who erected them? Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song,
Only palaces for its inhabitants? Even in fabled Atlantis
The night the ocean engulfed it
The drowning still bawled for their slaves. — Bertolt Brecht
Thebes Sayings By Miriam Toews: When I opened up the bottle of wine, Thebes said whoa, you yanked that cork When I opened up the bottle of wine, Thebes said whoa, you yanked that cork out of there like you were saving it from drowning. She got out her markers and drew a screaming face on the cork. — Miriam Toews
Thebes Sayings By Ahdaf Soueif: Fields and more fields on either side of the road.From where they are it looks Fields and more fields on either side of the road.From where they are it looks as if the whole world were green.But from higher up,from a hill-if there were a hill in this flat country-or from a pyramid(one of the many that two thousand years ago lined this route from Thebes to Memphis,from the Delta to the Cataract)or from an aeroplane today,you would be able to see how narrow the strip green was,how closely it clung to the winding river.The river like a lifeline thrown across the desert, the villages and the town hanging on to it, clustering together, glancing over their shoulders at the desert always behind them.Appeasing it,finally,by making it the dwelling of their head. — Ahdaf Soueif
Thebes Sayings By Italo Calvino: Polo: "You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the Polo: "You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours."
Khan: "Or the question it asks you, forcing you to answer, like Thebes through the mouth of the Sphinx. — Italo Calvino
Thebes Sayings By David Flynn: The people of Thebes were actually called by Pentheus, the grandson of Cadmus, "children of The people of Thebes were actually called by Pentheus, the grandson of Cadmus, "children of the serpent, people of Mars."[581] — David Flynn
Thebes Sayings By Mark Kurlansky: The parallels between preserving food and preserving mummies were apparently not lost on posterity. In The parallels between preserving food and preserving mummies were apparently not lost on posterity. In the nineteenth century, when mummies from Saqqara and Thebes were taken from tombs and brought to Cairo, they were taxed as salted fish before being permitted entry to the city. — Mark Kurlansky
Thebes Sayings By Janet Morris: "Godling? Demigod?" Lysis nearly howled. "You'd be beaten black and blue in Thebes, and staked "Godling? Demigod?" Lysis nearly howled. "You'd be beaten black and blue in Thebes, and staked out overnight for claims like that. In Sparta, the secret police would ambush you, violate you, skin you alive and use your skull for a drinking cup." — Janet Morris