"De la musique avant toute chose" - The French Poet Paul Verlaine

"O piteous spectacle! O bloody times!" - The Battle of Towton in 1461

"beyond the bed of Procrustes of topical and ideological art" - the Painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

“Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” - the Dioramas of Frances Glessner Lee

"there is no middle way" - the Death of Marie-Henri Beyle, better known as “Stendhal”