"Never was patriot yet, but was a fool."
"I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter."
"'Father of lakes!' thy waters bend
Beyond the eagle's utmost view,
When, throned in heaven, he sees thee send
Back to the sky its world of blue."
, "Lake Superior"
"Remember the Viper:'twas close at your feet,
How you started and threw yourself into my arms;
Not a strawberry there was so ripe nor so sweet
As the lips which I kiss'd to subdue your alarms."
"It is not reason that gives us our moral orientation, it is sensitivity."
French writer, politician
"To me old age is always fifteen years older than I am."
Bernard M. Baruch
"The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall."
(brother of Wilbur)
"Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult."
French designer, cosmetician
"I want to be your friend, for ever and ever without break of decay. When the hills are all flat and the rivers are all dry. When it lightens and thunders in winter, when it rains and snows in summer, when Heaven and Earth minglenot till then will I part from you."
"People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it."
"Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment."
James Gould Cozzens
"The damned thing works!"
Philo T. Farnsworth
US inventor (first television broadcast)
, telegram, on the first successful television broadcast
"I made my money the old fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died."
(son of B. C. Forbes)
"The funny thing is that everything is science fiction at one time or another."
US TV producer (Star Trek)
"The cure for mixed metaphors, I have always found, is for the patient to be obliged to draw a picture of the result."
"In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world."
Federico Garcia Lorca
Spanish writer, artist, pianist, composer
"A really good band with a bad drummer is not a good band. A really bad band with a good drummer sounds better."
English drummer (Cream, Blind Faith, etc.)
"I've still got a lot to learn about Washington. Thursday, I accidentally spent some of my own money."
US actor, Senator (TN)
"You're talking to someone who really understands rock music."
US second lady, PMRC founder
(married to Al Gore)
, arguing for warning labels on albums
"Rule number one: Never make anyone uncomfortable in your homeeven morons."
US political consultant
(married to James Carville)
"Hollywood is sexist and age-ist, and that covers all the bases, I guess."
(married to Kevin Bacon)
, another base would be 'racist'
"Actually, as a kid I wanted to be a tennis player, but I wasn't good enough, so I became an actor. Since then, I've just been lip-locking with gorgeous babes. So, let that be a lesson to all you little tennis players out there."
US actor (Friends)
"Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life."
"When I lost my rifle, the Army charged me 85 dollars. That is why in the Navy the Captain goes down with the ship."
US comic, activist