"It won't be long before we'll be writing together again. I just hope they have a decent piano up there."
, on songwriting partner Alan Jay Lerner's death
"Americans have only the dimmest notion of what their constitutional freedoms areand what it took to get them... [and] the willingness to surrender what we're supposed to be fighting for is a recurring part of our history."
US historian, critic
("Our Children Are Dying")
"I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone."
F. Lee Bailey
(died near his birthday)
"Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences."
"For every point I'm given, I'll have earned two, because I'm a Negro."
"I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."
US Senator (NC), vice presidential (2004) and presidential (2008) candidate
"We look like K-Mart rock 'n rollers, you know, the discount clothes stores where all the hicks go."
US singer, songwriter (Pixies, Breeders, Amps)
"Lately, I've been a little sad that I'm not a gay man."
"The history of arithmetic and algebra illustrates one of the striking and curious features of the history of mathematics. Ideas that seem remarkably simple once explained were thousands of years in the making."
("Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty")
"I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own."
("A Clown Too Many")
"Opening games make me nervous. To tell the truth, I'd rather open with our second game."
US football coach