Weekend Words: Hundred

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, “The Little Children Being Brought to Jesus” (“The 100 Guilder Print”) (1647–49), etching and drypoint, 1st state, 278 x 388 mm (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) (image via Web Gallery of Art)

On Thursday, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, passed his hundredth day in office, telling an audience in the Great Hall of Cooper Union, “Grass-roots politics, neighborhood politics, tells us that the people are almost always ahead of their leaders.”

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

—Albert Einstein

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”

—George Burns

“When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

—Thomas Jefferson

“I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.”

—John Ruskin

“The heaping together of paintings by Old Masters in museums is a catastrophe; likewise, a collection of a hundred Great Brains makes one big fathead.”

—C. G. Jung

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”


“Let a hundred flowers bloom.”

—Mao Zedong

“A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”

—Mario Puzo

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