"I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect men."
US founding father
"How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be youngor slender."
US writer, psychologist
"Dear me, I never knew that the lower classes had such white skins."
"Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought."
US ambassador, Senator (NJ)
(father of Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
"Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end."
US lawyer, suffragist
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
"I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they (the whites of South Africa) have turned to loving, they will find we (the blacks) are turned to hating."
S. African writer
Sgt. Thomas Velie: "We've had nothing but murders and robberies lately."
Ellery Queen: "Post-war prosperity, Velie."
US mystery writer
(as "Ellery Queen," with Frederic Dannay)
"That man's silence is wonderful to listen to."
"There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies."
C. A. R. Hoare
Sri Lankan computer scientist
"A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven."
"Reagan promised everyone a seven-course dinner. Ours turned out to be a possum and a six-pack."
US agriculture commissioner
"A dead end street is a good place to turn around."
(mother of Wynonna and
"I'll thcream and thcream and thcream till I'm thick."
"After you've written about something once, though, it's very dangerous to try and do it again. The original story was very good indeed, but the more he wrote the less good it became."
(sister of J. B. S. Haldane)
"I refer to jet lag as 'jet-psychosis'there's an old saying that the spirit cannot move faster than a camel."
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Sir Edmund Hillary
New Zealander explorer