"The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice."
Sir Arthur Helps
("Talk About Animals and Their Masters")
"I had a veritable mania for finishing whatever I began, which often got me into difficulties. On one occasion I started to read the works of Voltaire when I learned, to my dismay, that there were close on one hundred large volumes in small print which that monster had written while drinking seventy-two cups of black coffee per diem. It had to be done, but when I laid aside the last book I was very glad, and said, 'Never more!'"
("My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla")
"Th newspaper does ivrything f'r us. It runs th' polis foorce an' th' banks, commands th' milishy, controls th' ligislachure, baptizes th' young, marries th' foolish, comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward."
Finley Peter Dunne
("Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War")
"The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if it were."
(co-anchor with Chet Huntley)
"The three toughest fighters I've ever been up against were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I'm surprised I'm not diabetic! But I did have him off the canvas once...when he stepped over my body to leave the ring."
"I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law."
US mayor (NYC)
, on accusations that he failed to pay taxes
"My contributions were many: First clown director, with witty sayings and flashily dressed, now called master of ceremonies."
Jelly Roll Morton
"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."
US tennis pro
"If I wasn't talking, I wouldn't know what to say."
US hockey player
"To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are."
("Got fun Nekomeh (God of Vengeance)")
"I want to be a diva... like people-totally-respect-my-music diva, not diva like carry-my-diet-Coke-around."
(sister of Ashlee Simpson)
"I donít think I could live without a deck of cards in my hands."
Egyptian actor, bridge player