"The first rule of translation: make sure you know at least one of the bloody languages!"
— Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Pakistani poet, born February 13, 1911

"The true subject of poetry is the loss of the beloved."
— Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Pakistani poet, died November 20, 1984

"I didn't become an actor until I was an old man of 28 or 29. I declared to the world that I was an actor. Nobody heard me, but I did declare it."
— Peter Falk
American actor, born September 16, 1927

"The only mountain that I would still like to climb: I'd like to break 85."
— Peter Falk
American actor, died June 23, 2011

"Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots."
— Hoosier Farmer
A farmer's magazine, established March 1919

"Abba Lot went to seek wisdom from the renowned spiritual adviser, Abba Joseph. Abba Lot asked, “Abba, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my daily prayers, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of bad thoughts; and still I have not found what I seek; what more should I do?’The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten flaming lamps. He said, “Why not be totally changed into fire?"
— Desert Fathers
Christian hermits who lived in the desert of Egypt around the third century AD

"In writing, you must kill all your darlings."
— William Faulkner
American author, born September 25, 1897

"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible."
— William Faulkner
American author, died July 6, 1962

"If one has not heard Wagner at Bayreuth, one has heard nothing! Take lots of handkerchiefs because you will cry a great deal! Also take a sedative because you will be exalted to the point of delirium!"
— Gabriel Faure
French composer, born May 12, 1845

"What I think I’ve been able to do well over the years is play with pain, play with problems, play in all sorts of conditions."
— Roger Federer
Swiss tennis player, born August 8, 1981

"I’ve always been aware that the image you patiently construct for an entire career can be ruined in a minute. It scares you a bit, but that’s the way things are."
— Roger Federer
Swiss tennis player, born August 8, 1981

"Once you find that peace, that place of peace and quiet, harmony and confidence, that’s when you start playing your best."
— Roger Federer
Swiss tennis player, born August 8, 1981
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