"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading."
US Senator (MA)
"Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act."
English social reformer
"Every poet knows the pun is Pierian, that it springs from the same soil as the Muse. a matching and shifting of vowels and consonants, an adroit assonance sometimes derided as jackassonance."
"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
Ralph W. Sockman
US religious person
"If you don't find a God by five o'clock this afternoon you must leave the college."
English educator, scholar
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."
"The great obstacle to discovery... was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."
Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin
"We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business."
US President (39)
(son of Lillian,
married to Rosalynn;
father of Amy)
"There are too many prima donnas in this business and not enough action."
, on Hollywood
"I mean, it's unheard of for somebody to hit 70 home runs, so I'm like in awe of myself right now."
US baseball player
"It's permanent, for now."
Panamanian baseball outfielder
, on changing his name to Bobby
"I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel."
E. B. White
US writer, grammarian
"I often feel that people come to me to be photographed as they would go to a doctor or a fortune tellerto find out how they are."
"Xenophobia looks like becoming the mass ideology of the 20th-century fin de siecle."
Eric J. Hobsbawm
"I know Iím paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?"