"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is."
"Marking dynamos for repair $10,000.002 hours labor $10.00; knowing where to mark $9,990.00."
"She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook."
US heir and socialite, married 13 times, to 11 women
"We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes."
J. William Fulbright
US Senator (Arkansas)
("The Price of Empire")
"The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet."
("Four and Twenty Blackbirds")
"The major civilizing force in the world is not religion, it is sex."
US entrepreneur, publisher
"Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it."
US math professor, singer, pianist, songwriter
("The Vatican Rag")
"There is indeed a business like show business. It's the news."
US writer, comedian, editor
"It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own."
("The Cost of Discipleship")
(same dates as Francois Rabelais)
"Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely."
English actor, writer
("Modern Men and Mummers")
"When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers."
James F. Byrnes
US Governor (SC)
"They were torn between two fires." *
John H. Dent
US Representative (PA)