"Life becomes useless and insipid when we have no longer either friends or enemies."
"A pioneer is generally a man who has outlived his credit or fortune in the cultivated parts."
US physician, statesman
("Medical Inquiries and Observations upon Diseases of the Mind")
"If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune, and if anybody pulled him out, that, I suppose, would be a calamity."
British PM (29)
, on the difference between misfortune and calamity
"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."
("The Voyage of the Beagle")
"Today, literate people of the space age, in well-populated countries, are not prepared to accept taboos without question."
Edith Clara Summerskill
English politician, physician, writer
"A short memory, A long purse, Infinite credulity, No sense of humour, A combative nature, The man should be a Man and the Woman a Woman or vice versa."
("The Girls of Radcliff Hall")
, on requirements for a happy marriage
"Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows."
Al Unser, Jr.
US race driver
"The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer."
Alfred Whitney Griswold
("Liberal Education and the Democratic Ideal")
"Compton's like the ocean. It's real pretty, but, anytime, something can happen. Somebody getting eaten. Somebody fighting. Something's always going on."
US record producer
(Death Row Records)
"A thick skin is a gift from God."
Chancellor, German Republic
"Tough girls come from New York. Sweet girls, they're from Georgia. But us Virginia girls, we have fire and ice in our blood. We can ride horses, be a debutante, throw left hooks, and drink with the boys, all the while making sweet tea, darlin'. And if we have an opinion, you know you're gonna hear it."
("Kiss the Girls")
(daughter of Naomi Judd,
half-sister of Wynonna Judd)
"A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction."
J. G. Ballard
China-born English writer
"Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around."
E. L. Konigsburg
US children's writer
("The View from Saturday")