"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary."
English-US author, founding father, patriot
"My only great qualification for being put at the head of the Navy is that I am very much at sea."
Lord Edward Carson
"Does it really matter what these affectionate people doso long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!"
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
"All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words."
(granddaughter of Abbott Lawrence Lowell)
"If a person desires to be a humorist it is necessary that the people around him shall be at least as wise as he is, otherwise his humor will not be comprehended."
("The Crock of Gold")
"People are taking it for granted that [the African-American] ought not to work with his head. And it is so easy for these people among whom we are living to believe this; it flatters and satisfies their self-complacency."
Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something."
US secretary of state
"Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?"
US baseball player, team owner
"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom."
James Gibbons Huneker
"I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse."
"Great things are only possible with outrageous requests."
"I can't believe I'm 60 years old and I'm still writing songs and putting out records. Write from your heart, from your passions. If you think it's a difficult road, you're right, but don't give up."
, quoted in 2002
"The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout."
"I hate realityI want to be wholly artificial." *
French porn star
"I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better."
"There are no illegitimate childrenonly illegitimate parents." *
Leon Rene Yankwich
US judge (CA)
, decision in Zipkin v. Mozon, June 1928
"Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature."
Hungarian scientist (invented the hologram)
"Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right."
Kurt Herbert Adler
Austrian opera director
"In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine."
J. William Fulbright
US Senator (Arkansas)
("The Price of Empire")
"It's one thing to just play a tune, or play a program of music, but it's another thing to practically create a new language of music, which is what [Miles Davis'] Kind of Blue did."
US pianist, composer
("500 Miles High")