"Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones. It is not fair. He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of the mouths of other people."
— Jane Austen
English author, born December 16, 1775

"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
— Jane Austen
English author, died July 18, 1817

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."
— Richard Avedon
American photographer, born May 15, 1923

"A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks."
— Richard Avedon
American photographer, died October 1, 2004

"Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation."
— Averroes
Spanish physician and philosopher, born April 14, 1126

"Two truths cannot contradict one another."
— Averroes
Spanish physician and philosopher, died December 10, 1198

"For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, born March 28, 1515

"I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, born March 28, 1515

"I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, born March 28, 1515

"The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, died October 4, 1582

"I had many friends to help me to fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I wonder now I was not always on the ground. I praise God for His mercy; for it was He only Who stretched out His hand to me. May He be blessed for ever! Amen."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, born March 28, 1515

"May God protect me from gloomy saints."
— Teresa of Avila
Spanish Roman Catholic saint, born March 28, 1515

"Sometimes I wish that applause would come just a bit later, when it is so beautifully hushed that I feel like holding my breath in the silence of the end."
— Emanuel Ax
Polish-American pianist, born June 8, 1949

"It seems that I have spent my entire life trying to make life more rational and that it was all wasted effort."
— A. J. Ayer
English philosopher, born October 29, 1910

"I believe that if a man dies with a single penny still sitting in the bank, he's a fool."
— Dan AykroydCanadian actor, comedian, born July 1, 1952