"It appears to me that if one wishes to make progress in mathematics, one should study the masters and not the pupils."
Niels H. Abel
"After the age of 80, everything reminds you of something else."
US explorer, writer
"It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant."
James D. Watson
"If you're going to do good work, the work has to scare you."
(was married to Mia Farrow)
"When you are already in Detroit, you don't have to take a bus to get there."
US spiritual teacher
"There is a good deal to live for, but a man has to go through hell really to find it out."
Edwin Arlington Robinson
"The guitar's not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin' a tooth pulled or something."
(died on his birthday)
, on a guitar he had built to spec
"If we hadn't put a man on the moon, there wouldn't be a Silicon Valley today."
"I got a job in a radio station because I could always do that with my voicecould make you believe that I was committed to the words coming out of my mouth."
US comic, actor, musician (Firesign Theatre)
"It's such a lonely existence, living with a rock'n' roller. No matter how much he loves you, he will always love his music more."
(relationships with Keith Richards,
"He always gave me the impression that he got up in the morning to see with whom he could have a quarrel."
Sir Seymour Hicks
, on W. S. Gilbert
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
Russian composer, conductor
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'"
Russian writer, scientist
"I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time."
"I always said that I'm not the best singer in the world, just the loudest."
US singer, songwriter
(was married to George Jones)
"I don't like fashion. I don't like art. I do like smashing up expensive things."
Wendy O. Williams
US singer (Plasmatics)
"We did consider the name 'Beetles,' but Jerry [Allison] said, 'Aw, that's just a bug you'd want to step on,' so we immediately dropped that." *
US guitarist (Crickets)
"I think Juliet is very out of date. And she didn't have half the nerve of a motion picture actress, that Julietelse she'd have taken that poison at once instead of wasting energy raving about it, and then she'd have wakened up in time, and Mr. Shakespeare would have been short a tragedy!"
(died near her birthday)
"Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day."
(eight wives, among them Ava Gardner)
"Oh, God, that gray computer's down again. Suppose they'll ever get them things figured out? Give me one when they quit breaking down, will you?"
(died on his birthday)