The fly strikes against the window-pane until at last she learns that, though invisible, there is an obstacle there.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Giotto had some very ugly children. Someone having asked him why he made such lovely faces in his paintings and such ugly children in his life, he answered, “My children are night work. My pictures are my day work.”

– Paul Gauguin, Gauguin’s Intimate Journals

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. There is no other principle distinctly, certainly, and consistently maintained through all its narrow turnings. Viewed by this light it becomes a coherent scheme, and not the monstrous maze the laity are apt to think it. Let them but once clearly perceive that its grand principle is to make business for itself at their expense, and surely they will cease to grumble.

― Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)