— Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus (63 BC – 14 AD) as he crossed the Rubicon in 49 B.C. It means, “The die is cast.” By crossing the river with his army — against Roman law — Caesar guaranteed a head-on confrontation with the overconfident Roman ruler Pompey. Outnumbered, Caesar was presented with the choice: win or die. Thus the origin of the English word “Rubicon”: a bounding or limiting line; especially one that when crossed commits a person irrevocably.
“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart of life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”
“Thomas Jefferson obviously developed an appetite for pasta after his visit to Naples in 1789. He had two cases shipped back home, together with a “maccarony machine”. Ten years later, the first successful pasta factory in the New World was opened in Philadelphia.”