"Patience is the virtue of an ass, who treads beneath his burden and complains not."
"A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me."
King George III
"My wife, be careful, Cortelyou, how you tell heroh, be careful."
US President (25)
, to his secretary, on being shot by an assassin
"Any idiot can face a crisisit's this day-to-day living that wears you out."
"I know at last what distinguishes man from animals; financial worries."
"My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies."
W. C. Fields
US comic actor
"And what can we expect if we haven't any dinner, But to lose our teeth and eyelashes and keep on growing thinner?"
English painter, writer
"The biggest problem in politics is that you help some S.O.B. get what he wants and then he throws you out of the train."
Martha Wright Griffiths
US congress (MI)
"Knocked down a doctor? With an ambulance? How could she? It's a contradiction in terms!"
N. F. Simpson
"Now listen to me, goddamnit! The Arabs are simplying buying us! A handful of agas, shahs, and emirs who despise this country and everything it stands fordemocracy, freedom, the right for me to get up on television and tell you about ita couple of dozen medieval fanatics are going to own where you work, where you live, what you read, what you see, your cars, your bowling alleys, your mortgages, your schools, your churches, your libraries, your kids, your whole life...!"
"To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question."
"Obviously, the greater the length of a war the higher is likely to be the number of casualties in it on either side."
"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."
"Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother."
"Don't accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange."
US editor (Ms magazine)
"Son, never throw a punch at a redwood."
"We play short songs and short sets for people who don't have a lot of spare time."
US drummer (Ramones)
"When I was a teenager, I was Little Miss Gloves... I couldn't say 'Hey, man' to save my life."
, on growing up in the 1960s
"I went from being a Grammy-award winning artist to fifteen minutes later pushing a cart in Ralph's Market and buying some Pampers."
US drummer (Los Lobos)
, on fame from "La Bamba"
"All my life I have always known I was born to greatness."
US TV person
"If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl."
H. L. Mencken
"I'm not confused, I'm just well-mixed."
"I have the face of an aging choirboy and the build of an undernourished featherweight. If you can figure out my success on the screen you're a better man than I."
"The chief incalculable in war is the human will."
B. H. Liddell Hart
English military historian
"The only things I spend my money on are phone bills and guitars."
US singer, guitarist
(his wife Haylie Johnson was born exactly a year earlier)
"I've been real lucky about writing people songs, but a lot of times if I picked a song, the guy didn't want the song for himself. You had to use backwards psychologyI'd say this is a song for Muddy Waters if I wanted Howlin' Wolf to do it because they seemed to have a little thing going on between them."
"Sex is currency. What's the use of being beautiful if you can't profit from it?" *
Lili St. Cyr
US actor and clothing line
"There's a hell of a lot of horny people out there who are not being gratified in the way they should be."