When you use bronze as a mirror, you can straighten your clothes and hat. When you use antiquity as a mirror, you can see the waxing and waning. When you use a person as a mirror, you can know if you grasp things or not. Wei Zheng is gone; I have lost my mirror.
--Li Shimin 李世民, who became Tang dynasty emperor Taizong唐太宗(599-649), about his minister Wei Zheng魏徵 (580-643). Tang Taizong is considered among the greatest rulers in Chinese history.
Nadar [the famous photographer] told me that in the hospital, he waited impatiently for the death of his neighbor, number 4, because he wanted his night-stand; and how he asked the male nurse every morning, "Well, how is he?" and the nurse would answer: "Oh, it's going well! He won't last the day."
Nadar me disait qu'à l'hôpital, il attendait avec impatience la mort de son voisin, le nº 6, par envie de sa table de nuit; et comme il demandait tous les matins à l'infirmier: "Eh bien, comment va-t-il?" l'infirmier répondait: "Oh, ça va très bien! Il ne passera pas la journée."