"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
"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
("The Bank Dick")
"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 Book of Nonsense")
"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)
"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."
("The Monkey Wrench Gang")
"Obviously, the greater the length of a war the higher is likely to be the number of casualties in it on either side."
"Consistency is the paste jewel that only cheap men cherish."
William Allen White
("The Real Issue: A Book of Kansas Stories")
(same dates as Jimmy Durante)
"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."
("It's a Living")
, 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
"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 Blue Dahlia")
"The chief incalculable in war is the human will."
B. H. Liddell Hart
English military historian
("The Real War, 1914-1918")
"The only things I spend my money on are phone bills and guitars."
US singer, guitarist
("Lie To Me")
(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."
US singer, songwriter