"How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellows as I am put them down."
"History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."
"I would not have gotten [to Congress] if I had not been as persistent as a hound dog worrying a bone." *
US Representative (ID)
"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves."
US union leader
"It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on."
"You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are."
"Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it."
US mayor (Atlanta)
"The thing I love about television is that people watch you in their pajamas, and when they're eating dinner. You're part of the family."
"I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play every day."
US singer, songwriter
(was married to Carly Simon)
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
US saxophonist, composer
"Paralyze resistance with persistence."
US football coach
"Isn't it curious that hardly anyone can write, but everyone can rewrite?"
(brother of Garson Kanin)
"I'd rather have sex with a raccoon."
Morton Downey, Jr.
US talk show host, actor, composer (wrote Wipe Out and Pipeline!)
, on smoking
"I worked out of desperation. I used to hit fast and run in hopes that people wouldn't realize that I really couldn't do anything."