"Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value."
Marechal Ferdinand Foch
("Des Principes de la Guerre (On the Principles of War)")
"I sometimes think that Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the people."
"(Travel seems) not just a way of having a good time, but something that every self-respecting citizen ought to undertake, like a high-fiber diet, say, or a deodorant."
("Last Letters from Hav")
"Rock'n'roll is trying to convince girls to pay money to be near you."
US singer, bassist (Television, Voidoids)
"When you're as rich as I am, you don't have to be political."
English bassist, singer (Police)
("Been Down So Long")
"The 49ers were so badly flattened that they didn't fly back to San Francisco, they were faxed."
, on a 1993 football playoff loss
"It's definitely going to change my image. Rock stations are calling me now because I'm naked."
("I Think We're Alone Now")
, on posing nude for Playboy
"I had to overcome the name Rock. If I'd been as hip then as I am now, I would have never consented to be named Rock."
"I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not."
Sir Peter B. Medawar
Brazil-born British zoologist
("Memoirs of a Thinking Radish: An Autobiography")
(same dates as Ernest Renan)
"If you're not getting older, you're dead."
US singer, songwriter
"A great catch is like watching girls go bythe last one you see is always the prettiest."
US baseball player