“Do not compete with anyone except yourself”
“There is still no cure for the common birthday.”
“Unfortunately, goodness and honor are rather the exception than the rule among exceptional men, not to speak of geniuses.”
“The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“With the exception of certain rodents, no other vertebrate except Homo sapiens habitually destroys members of his own species.”
“I had not taken a bath in a year nor changed my clothes or removed them except to stick a needle every hour in the fibrous grey wooden flesh of heroin addiction. . . . I did absolutely nothing.”
William S. Burroughs
“With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his”
George Bernard Shaw
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