"History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."
("Supers and Supermen: Studies in Politics, History and Letters")
"I would not have gotten [to Congress] if I had not been as persistent as a hound dog worrying a bone." *
US Representative (ID)
"In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination."
("The Improved Binoculars: Selected Poems")
"We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for."
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
("The Disconsolate One")
"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."
("The Dharma Bums")
"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."
"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."