"If you disregard the very simplest cases, there is in all of mathematics not a single infinite series whose sum has been rigorously determined. In other words, the most important parts of mathematics stand without a foundation."
Niels H. Abel
"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things."
US congressman, ad man (invented "Betty Crocker")
"God damn you, sir, I'll run you through!"
General Philip Sheridan
slightly hotheaded US Union general
, to a West Point cadet responding to an order "in the wrong tone"
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory."
"It's a big help to an actor if people like to look at him but it has nothing to do with acting."
(was married to Barbara Stanwyck)
"Before I speak English, you Americans treat me like I was a great foreign star. Now you act like I am slightly half-wit baby."
Portuguese-Brazilian singer, dancer, actor
"You are what you eat, and who wants to be a lettuce?"
, on vegetarianism
"When mom found my diaphragm, I told her it was a bathing cap for my cat."
US comic, writer
"A winner never whines."
US football coach
"I've always thought of myselfnot my personal self, but my professional selfas a kind of blank. I try to get inside a character and project himone of my own private rules of thumb is that I have not got a character until I have mastered exactly how he walks... It's not sufficient to concentrate on his looks. You have got to know his mindto find out what he thinks, how he feels, his background, his mannerisms."
Sir Alec Guinness
"I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it."
"Say what you will about him, Ed Koch is still the best show in town."