"At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low."
"People who know how to employ themselves always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry."
("Appel ŕ l'impartiale postérité (Appeal to the impartial posterity)")
"There is nothing at all singular or special in the astronomical situation of the earth. It takes its place third in a series of planets, which series is only one of numberless other systems forming one group. It is strikinglyif I may use such an expressiona member of a democracy."
("Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation")
"Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears."
Bobby Tyre Jones
"When you're wrong, you're wrong. But when you're right, you're wrong anyhow."
US civil rights leader
"You couldn't have fed the '50s into a computer and come out with the '60s."
US musician (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship)
(partner and bandmate of Grace Slick)
"I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators."
US singer, songwriter
("Summer in the City")
, on success
"It was great fun to hang around the Beatles. They had amazingly fast minds, and they were incredibly amusing and funny and witty. They were great. There was a very high energy surrounding them."
(was married to George Harrison,
"Either I've been missing something or nothing has been going on."
Karen Elizabeth Gordon
US writer, grammarian
("The Transitive Vampire: a Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed")
"Well, for a nine year old kid to be able to earn $110 in one day compared to $10 for a paper round, the economics were even obvious to a ten year old."
, on being a child star (image from masterpiecepumpkins.com)
(partner of Goldie Hawn)
"Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running."
"The human narrative, as we write it in novels and poems and stories, is a tale of never getting over the shock of life."
"Never compare your insides to someone else's outsides."
"I like melodrama because it is situated just at the meeting point between life and theater."
"The best of life is to embark on an adventure with a woman interested in having an adventure with you."
French fashion designer
(was married to Gene Tierney;
same dates as Quentin Reynolds)
"You need the willingness to fail all the time. You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they don’t work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work."
John W. Backus
US computing pioneer
"I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I'll ever have."
US singer (Box Tops, Big Star)
, on "The Letter"