"With soap, baptism is a good thing."
Robert G. Ingersoll
("Some Mistakes of Moses")
"Innovations never happen as planned."
US environmentalist, Governor (PA)
("Breaking New Ground")
"People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents."
Scottish-US industrialist, philanthropist
("The Gospel of Wealth")
"Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested on."
("South of Freedom")
"An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences."
("The Age of Innocence")
"Skill is successfully walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Intelligence is not trying."
Marilyn vos Savant
"Is 'Giants' the first one-word oxymoron?"
, on the San Francisco baseball team
"Don't worry meI am an eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay." *
Stephen T. Early
US writer, press secretary
"Basically, rock'n'roll is about looking good, living fast, and dying young."
US singer, pianist
"I would not have gotten [to Congress] if I had not been as persistent as a hound dog worrying a bone." *
US Representative (ID)
"You get the part, sign the contract and start to realize millions of people follow this guy and know more about your character than you do."
(brother of Liam Hemsworth)
"In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from."
Alfred A. Knopf