"What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming."
"I now know all the people worth knowing in America and I find no intellect comparable to my own."
(great-aunt of Bucky)
"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it."
"The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old."
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
US medical physicist
"You know, sometimes, when they say you are ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing."
US senator (SD) and presidential candidate
"Why is comedy the only form of the arts where people think they have to agree with or approve the content? You don't walk through a museum with a towel and throw it over paintings you don't like."
"I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village. He used to come and see me and sing songs for me, saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music."