"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
French minister, clergy
"A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction."
"Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act."
"If you forgive people enough you belong to them, and they to you, whether either person likes it or notsquatter's rights of the heart."
("Goodbye, Mr. Chips")
"Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more."
Edward H. Harriman
US railroad executive
"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait... The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count."
("Planning and Control Systems: A Framework for Analysis")
"Claudia's the sort of person who goes through life holding onto the sides."
Alice Thomas Ellis
("The Sin Eater")
"If you want to be a singer, you've got to concentrate on it twenty-four hours a day. You can't be a well driller, too."
US singer, songwriter
("Try A Little Tenderness")
"The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
US ex-NFL quarterback
; he later claimed that there actually was a "smart guy" named Norman Einstein at his schoolat any rate the quote rather reinforces his case
"Now I realize how ugly I am."
US comic actor (SNL)
, after laser eye surgery
"The people are like water and the army is like fish."
Chinese political leader
"Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic." *
Italian existential philosopher
("Le sorgenti irrazionali del pensiero (The Irrational Sources of Thought?)")
"To cure a batting slump, I took my bat to bed with me. I wanted to know my bat a little better."
US baseball player
"No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect."
"All too many men still seem to believe, in a rather naïve and egocentric way, that what feels good to them is automatically what feels good to women."
US researcher, writer
("The Hite Report on Female Sexuality")