"Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before, it was neither rhyme nor reason."
Sir Thomas More
"The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry."
Eric Temple Bell
Scottish-US mathematician, writer
("The Time Stream" as John Taine)
"We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain."
William Rounseville Alger
("The Friendships of Women")
"I founded Wang Laboratories to show that Chinese could excel at things other than running laundries and restaurants."
Chinese electronic engineer
"Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs. I'm a writer, so whatever gymnastics jump through my head, I write about it."
US singer, guitarist, songwriter
("The Things I Used to Do")
"I observe that there are two entirely different theories according to which individual men seek to get on in the world. One theory leads a man to pull down everybody around him in order to climb up on them to a higher place. The other leads a man to help everybody around him in order that he may go up with them."
US Secretary of State, Secretary of War
"The future is much like the present, only longer."
US baseball player
"How many people here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand."
"If I don't need the money, I don't work."
"I just wake up and say, 'You're a bum, go do something worthwhile today.'"
"The goal of a tick is NOT to become a dog."
US friend of quotekeeper
, on corporate takeovers
"Do you know what the good side of crack is? If you're up at the right hour, you can get a VCR for $1.50. You can furnish your whole house for $10.95."
US comic, actor (SNL)
("Who Wants to Change Places?")
"It was nice to go through that and survive it. I think we were pretty levelheaded compared to some people." *
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett
, on success with Foghat
"The only thing a magician ever really does is to ask one question: 'What's real and what's illusion?'"