"It is better to be killed than frightened to death."
R. S. Surtees
"I was not able to stop or slow down the Vietnam War."
US senator (MT)
, on his greatest disappointment in 34 years as Senate majority leader
"My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle."
"I'll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder."
US First Lady (44)
(was married to Richard Nixon)
"I was walking downstairs carrying a drink in one hand and a book in the other. Don't try that after 90."
, on breaking his hip
"A dose of poison can do its work only once, but a bad book can go on poisoning people's minds for any length of time."
Sir John Murray
"Alcohol is a very patient drug. It will wait for the alcoholic to pick it up one more time."
"People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius."
US comic actor
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
US Senator (NY)
"'Hello,' he lied."
, on the sincerity of Hollywood agents
"Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for."
Israeli-US cognitive psychologist
"I don't film messages. I let the post office take care of those."
"A guy called me smarmy one time. I had to call him up and ask him what it meant."
US game-show host
"Well, we play country music; we're just not sure what country it is."
Jerry Jeff Walker
US singer songwriter
"Acting is a way of living out one's insanity."
"The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man."
William Henry Beveridge
India-born English economist
"The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better."
John Mason Brown
"The law is bigger than moneybut only if the law works hard enough."
Thomas E. Dewey
US governor (NY)
"The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life."
"You can pitch a gem and lose, but you can't lose when you win. Wait, don't quote me on that. I sound like
US baseball player
"I'll never die. I'll just explode, right there before your eyes, onstage."