"If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy."
Marquis de Lafayette
French soldier, statesman
"This paper will no doubt be found interesting by those who take an interest in it."
"Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics."
US social worker
"I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going."
William Norman Birkett
"Dear Jack. Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."
Joseph P. Kennedy
(was married to Rose,
father of John,
and Teddy Kennedy)
, in a letter to JFK during the 1960 presidential campaign
"Never invest in anything that eats or needs repairing."
US composer, producer, entrepreneur
"Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth isit is her shadow."
Philip James Bailey
"If your library is not 'unsafe,' it probably isn't doing its job."
US writer, director
"Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post." *
Lord Charles Beresford
, Telegram to the Prince of Wales, declining a summons to dine
"For us the most important thing is to be visual, and for the cats watching us to have fun. This is all we want. We get very upset if people get bored when we're only half way through smashing the second set."
English bassist (Pink Floyd)
"Change it to whatTiffany? It's been an advantage. It's unforgettable. I'm the only one."
, on her name
"If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.'"
"They're mine; they're big."
US actor, choreographer
"When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race."
US nurse, founder of Planned Parenthood
"The infinitely competent can be uncreative."
J. E. Littlewood
"In a mad world only the mad are sane."
"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."
"Am I afraid of high notes? Of course I am afraid! What sane man is not?"
"The quality of ownership is not what it was in yesteryear."
US football coach
"My sister said, 'you're making it hard for all us housewives in Nebraska'."
US writer, educator, artist, activist
"Jim Crow was kingand I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive."
US baseball player