Quotes about horses

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„Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa—Who knows most, knows least.“

—  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791

As spoken to Michael Kelly, from Reminiscences of Michael Kelly, of the King's Theatre, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, including a period of nearly half a century; with Original Anecdotes of many distinguished Personnages, Political, Literary, and Musical (London, Henry Colburn, 1826; digitized 2006), 2nd ed., vol. I (p. 225) http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00439352&id=ph3XEMzGt5YC&pg=RA2-PA225&lpg=RA2-PA225&dq=%22Melody+is+the+essence+of+music%22&hl=en

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„Part of the loot went for gambling, part for horses, and part for women. The rest I spent foolishly.“

—  George Raft American actor 1901 - 1980

George Raft explaining how he spent a $10 million fortune.
Quoted in Mardy Grothe, Viva la repartee: clever comebacks and witty retorts from history's great wits and wordsmiths (2005), page 83 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=aZpmpt7ksr8C&pg=PA83&dq=%22Part+of+the+loot+went+for+gambling,+part+for+horses%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hBgsT4HyB4_Y8QPpy-HoDg&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Part%20of%20the%20loot%20went%20for%20gambling%2C%20part%20for%20horses%22&f=false

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„It should not surprise Muslims if doubts were entertained about their loyalty. They could not ride on two horses.“

—  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indian freedom fighter who forged united India 1875 - 1950

Patel complaining about the Indian Muslims' silence over Kashmir in a speech in Lucknow in 1948, quoted in B.D. Graham: Hindu Nationalism and quoted from Elst, Koenraad (2014). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p.349

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„All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.“

—  Louis Armstrong American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer 1901 - 1971

Variant: All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.

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„But if cattle and horses and lions had hands
or could paint with their hands and create works such as men do,
horses like horses and cattle like cattle
also would depict the gods' shapes and make their bodies
of such a sort as the form they themselves have.“

—  Xenophanes Presocratic philosopher -570 - -475 BC

Fragment 15 (D-K)
Original: (el) ἀλλ᾽ εἰ χεῖρας ἔχον βόες <ἵπποι τ᾽> ἠὲ λέοντες
ἢ γράψαι χείρεσσι καὶ ἔργα τελεῖν ἅπερ ἄνδρες,
ἵπποι μέν θ᾽ ἵπποισι βόες δέ τε βουσὶν ὁμοίας
καί <κε> θεῶν ἰδέας ἔγραφον καὶ σώματ᾽ ἐποίουν
τοιαῦθ᾽ οἷόν περ καὐτοὶ δέμας εἶχον <ἕκαστοι>.

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„It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.“

—  Herodotus, book Histories

Book 8, Ch. 98
variant: Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed. (Book 8, Ch. 98)
Paraphrase: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" ”
Appears carved over entrance to Central Post Office building in New York City.
The Histories

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„Many creatures go through a natural change and by decay pass into different forms, as bees [are formed] by the decaying flesh of calves, as beetles from horses, locusts from mules, scorpions from crabs.“

—  Isidore of Seville, book Etymologiae

Bk. 11, ch. 4, sect. 3; p. 221.
Original: (la) Siquidem et per naturam pleraque mutationem recipiunt, et corrupta in diversas species transformantur; sicut de vitulorum carnibus putridis apes, sicut de equis scarabei, de mulis locustae, de cancris scorpiones.

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