"The mechanic should sit down among levers, screws, wedges, wheels, etc. like a poet among the letters of the alphabet, considering them as the exhibition of his thoughts; in which a new arrangement transmits a new idea to the world."
"The world is seldom what it seems;
to man, who dimly sees,
realities appear as dreams,
and dreams realities."
"I'll take Vesuvius!"
(affair with Alma Schindler)
, after the 1906 San Francisco quake (he never returned to SF)
"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year."
John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
"One has to look out for engineersthey begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb."
"Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health."
Fellow Congressperson: "I've always thought of women as kissable, cuddly, and smelling good."
Millicent Fenwick: "That's what I feel about men. I only hope you haven't been disappointed as often as I have."
US fashion editor, representative (NJ), diplomat
"He said it was artificial respiration, but now I find I am to have his child."
"What most of us are after, when we have a picture taken, is a good natural-looking picture that doesn't resemble us."
"If I can't play for big money, I play for a little money. And if I can't play for a little money, I stay in bed that day."
US tennis freak
"A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself." *
"One doesn't have a sense of humor. It has you."
"If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away."
US comic, writer
"You can't be a politician with a guitar."
US musician (X), actor
(was married to and bandmates with Exene Cervenka)
"We were called The Toilets originallywe were flushed with success."
, on his band "The Alarm"
"Moonlight becomes you,
It goes with your hair."
"I'm a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste."
US writer (Peyton Place)
"For me, it works to my advantage when people think I'm stupid. If somebody who disdains you or wants to control you underestimates you, you can play their game right back."
"I don't do T&A very well because I haven't got much of either."
(was married to David Duchovny)
"I was told I had to gain a lot of weight because Hobbits are very portly. Peter [Jackson] is forever suggesting I have more food. 'A little more food for Mr. Astin.'"
(son of Patty Duke and
"In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season."
"As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth."
Philip Jose Farmer
"When you start out as a filmmaker, you do parodies, because you can't really compete on a studio level."