"'Twas only fear first in the world made gods."
"I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer."
"Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents."
William Gilmore Simms
"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
first female US Representative (MT)
"Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy."
"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."
US football coach
"There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then."
Trinidadi-US pianist, singer
"A loud kind of Jewish geniusmaybe that's as close as you can get to defining him."
(was married to Gilda Radner)
, on Mel Brooks (Gilda and Mel share a birthday)
"Why not find out when his birthday is, call the newspapers, and go dance on his grave?"
US activist, PETA President
, on Colonel Sanders
"It's as if you're playing left-handed. Or like everyone else is playing with a tennis racket and you have a salmon."
, on performing with an American accent in "House"
"Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America."
John L. Lewis
US labor leader
"I never trust a man that doesn't drink."
"Neither of us liked it; two guys on the air saying good night to each other didn't look quite right."
(co-anchor with Chet Huntley)
, on his and Huntley's nightly closing ("Good night, Chet." "Good night, David.")
"OK, boss, I don't mind shuffling, but I won't scratch my head."
US actor, activist
(was married to Ossie Davis)
"Only America makes you feel that everybody wants to be like you. That's what success is: Everybody wants to be like you."