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I'm a bear with little brain. (from Milne's "Winnie the Pooh")

The shot heard round the world.

When ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise. --Gray

Chance favors the prepared mind. --Louis Pasteur

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women. --Conan the Barbarian, in response to "What is happiness?"

God's in his heaven, and all's right with the world.

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. --Emerson

To err is human, to forgive divine. --Pope

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

The Lord of the Rings

The game's afoot!

All Creatures Great and Small

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. --Pascal

Frailty, thy name is woman. (from Hamlet)

Call me Ishmael (any Biblical name should do, here)

Your's is not to reason why, your's is but to do or die

The Last of the Mohicans

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. (from Through the Looking Glass)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. (paraphrased from William Congreve)

Quoth the raven "nevermore" as if his soul in that one word did outpour (from Poe's "The Raven")

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

I have not yet begun to fight.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

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