"In an examination, those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell."
Sir Walter Raleigh
("The Historie of the World, In Five Bookes")
"I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves."
("The Red Room")
"So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere."
English sociologist, economist
("Women and the Factory Acts")
(aunt of Kitty Muggeridge)
"A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth."
George D. Prentice
("Prenticeana, or Wit and Humor in Paragraphs")
"A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone."
"If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written The Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause."
Charles Langbridge Morgan
("The Burning Glass")
"The Queen is most anxious to enlist every one who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Woman's Rights,' with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent..."
Queen of England
(mother of King Edward VII,
grandmother of Queen Marie of Romania)
"If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job."
Harold S. Geneen
English businessman (ITT)
("The Synergy Myth and Other Ailments of Business Today")
"Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know what he thinks he knows."
Irish writer, diplomat
("The Hindrances to Good Citizenship")
"A caress is better than a career."
US literary and theatrical agent
("Manners: A handbook of social customs")
"A squid, as you know of course, has ten testicles."
("THe Galloping Gourmet")
"Fair is for games."
Nancy J. Robinson
US computing pioneer, systems analyst, and quotekeeper's mom
"You know we all became mathematicians for the same reason: we were lazy." *
US mathematician, professor
"The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry."
William H. Mauldin
"I was the brassy, good-hearted showgirl. I never really had my big moment on the screen."
US actor, dancer, singer
("On the Town")
"We had a good sense of humor about it, because we knew what we were holding on to and how it was going to exceed expectations and [labels]. We weren't running around naked in chaps swinging pink guns in the air. We knew that, and we found it funny that no one else did."
("The Dark Knight")
, on filming Brokeback Mountain
(was partner with Naomi Watts)
"Act like you expect to get into the end zone."
US football coach
"You can only milk a cow so long, and then you're left holding the pail."
US baseball player