"Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence."
Thomas C. Haliburton
("The Attaché; or Sam Slick in England")
"I would give nothing for that man's religion whose very dog and cat are not the better for it."
Sir Rowland Hill
English clergyman, writer, postmaster
(The "Penny Black")
"Don't worry meI am an eight-ulcer man on four-ulcer pay." *
Stephen T. Early
US writer, press secretary
"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity."
US football coach (Notre Dame)
"They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?"
("Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit")
"All womanhood is hampered today because the world on which it is emerging is a world that tries to worship both virgins and mothers and in the end despises motherhood and despoils virgins."
W. E. B. du Bois
("The Souls of Black Folk")
"A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and fifty times: It is a beautiful catastrophe."
("Notre-Dame du Haut")
"It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite."
("In One Era And Out The Other")
"What I am trying to get across to you is: please take of yourselves and those that you love; because that is what we are here for, that's all we got, and that is all we can take with us. Are you with me?"
Stevie Ray Vaughan
(brother of Jimmie)
"In comparison with the industrial age, the information era is at the steam engine stage. By the time information systems reach jet-plane status, we will focus on utility over fads, triple our productivity, use our computers as naturally and easily as we now use our cars..."
Michael L. Dertouzos
("The Unfinished Revolution")