"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."
John Paul Jones
US naval officer
"No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong timebut a good plan should keep a concentration from forming."
Charles E. Wilson
US corporate president (General Motors)
"The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men."
("Mexican Spitfire" series)
(was married to Johnny Weissmuller)
"If you're doing the devil, look for the angel in him. If you're doing the angel, look for the devil in him."
, on acting
(was married to Jessica Tandy)
"It proves what they always say: give the public what they want and they'll come out for it."
US comic, actor, painter
, on Harry Cohn's funeral
"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."
"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets."
US astronaut, senator (OH)
"I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it's a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life."
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
("I Put a Spell on You")
"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."
Carl van Doren
US writer, educator
("The American Novel")
(brother of Mark Van Doren)
"I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."
("Forgetting Sarah Marshall")
"The voice of intelligence... is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance."
Dr. Karl A. Menninger
US scientist, psychologist
("Love Against Hate")
(died near his birthday)
"If you see a bandwagon, it's too late."
"Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."
General William Westmoreland