"Statistics are no substitute for judgment."
US Secretary of State
"We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are."
James Harvey Robinson
"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
Thomas Henry Huxley
(grandfather of Aldous and
Sir Julian Huxley)
"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."
"I understand her. I may not be all Phoebe, but she is all me."
, on her character Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on "All My Children"
"There was no use working in rodeos for social security. Nobody was very social and there was little security."
"Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare."
"Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight."
"One eye sees, the other feels."
"Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more."
Trinidadian civil-rights activist
"Never dip lower than you can dip."
"Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call."
"We're going to put you back in the fashion department."
Fred "Gopher" Grandy
, to a female reporter
"If I didn't have a large bosom, people would talk about my small one. So what's the difference. I'm glad I have a large one."
"I never thought about 'being' in comedy when I grew up, because I didn't know it was a real job. But looking back, it's the only thing I ever really cared about."
US comic writer (SNL)
(engaged to Scarlett Johansson)
"In the final analysis, it's true that fame is unimportant. No matter how great a man is, the size of his funeral usually depends on the weather."
US singer, actor
(was married to Jose Ferrer twice;
aunt of George Clooney)
"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
US comic, actor
(father of Rob Reiner)