"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."
"There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil."
"The joy I felt as the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities [smallpox] was so excessive that I found myself in a kind of reverie."
"I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up wrinkles the soul."
General Douglas MacArthur
"The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films."
(was married to Joanne Woodward)
"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?"
"How do you catch a knuckleball? You wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up."
US baseball player
"A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan."
US native writer, musician
("Dreams and Thunder: Stories, Poems, and the Sun Dance Opera")
"What this country needs is more unemployed politicians."
"Without Christian education, without the principles of Christ inculcated into young life, we are simply rearing pagans."
Scottish-US religious leader
"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."
US comic actor
(was partner of Anne Heche;
married to Portia de Rossi)
"Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, if you have that, but learn to love what you have."
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
Canadian hockey great
"I remember just before going onto the soundstage, I'd look in my dressing room mirror and stretch myself to my full 5'5" or 5'6"whatever it wasto make me appear taller and to make me able to dominate all the others and to mow them down with my size."
Edward G. Robinson
"In a crisis, don't hide behind anything or anybody. They're going to find you anyway."
US football coach
"The truth is, I made a few good movies in the fifties, then went into freefall."
Puerto Rican actor
(was married to Uta Hagen,
Rosemary Clooney twice, and two others)
"The real essence of art turned out to be not something high up and far offit was right inside my ordinary daily selfIf a musician wants to become a finer artist, he must first become a finer person."
Japanese violinist, teacher
"That's like the Queen Mary losing a deck chair."
US basketball coach
, on 300-lb center Geoff Crompton losing 15 lbs.
"It's all a compost heap. You just put down a layer of humus that helps other stuff grow. Your work will all be forgotten, but it will help stuff grow."
Murray J. Edelman
("The Symbolic Uses of Politics")