"A race advancing on the East must start with Cyprus. Alexander, Augustus,
Richard and Saint Louis took that line. A race advancing on the West must start
with Cyprus. Sargon, Ptolemy, Cyrus, Haroun-al-Rashid took this line."
W. Hepworth Dixon: British Cyprus, 1887
"But that is what islands are for; they are places where different destinies
are can meet and intersect in the full isolation of time."
Lawrence Durrell: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, 1957