Henry Wallace (then secretary of agriculture): "This country should raise more wheat."
Heckler: "What about hay?"
Wallace: "I'm speaking about food for mankind, but I'll get around to your case in a minute."
US Vice President (24)
(same dates as Niels Bohr)
"We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us."
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
US writer, scientist, scholar
(father of Holmes Jr.)
"You can have all the intelligence in the world and don't have enough stamina. I have seen some very bright, bright women who do not have the stamina for husbands."
"Mother" Charleszetta Waddles
US preacher, activist
"The Goddamn human race deserves itself, and as far as Iím concerned it can have it."
"Jane Wyman seemed more upset with her husband's obsession with politics than I. I tried to make her laugh. 'He'll outgrow it,' I told her. To her it wasn't funny."
, on Ronald Reagan
(was married to Dick Powell)
"There's no sentence that's too short in the eyes of God."
("On Writing Well")
"Rule A: Don't. Rule A1: Rule A doesn't exist. Rule A2: Do not discuss the existence or non-existence of Rules A, A1, or A2."
R. D. Laing
"When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land."
Bishop Desmond Tutu
African religious leader, Nobelist
"The well of nature is full today. Time to go outside and take a drink"
"Rock'n'roll starts between the legs and goes through the heart, then to the head. As long as it does those three things, it's a great rock song."
US singer, songwriter
(was engaged to Meg Ryan)
"We discussed this very important issue yesterday over a beer."
, on the 2000 US presidential "election"
"There's nothing more boring than a rock'n'roll star. Someone who has been on the road for 10 years, expecting attention wherever he goes, drinking himself stupid, who is obnoxious, incoherent, uncreative, and has a massive ego. There's nothing more pointless."
English musician (Radiohead)
"I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up."
US baseball player, coach
"The silence is deafening."
US rock'n'roll wife and mother
, on life without Frank
(was married to Frank Zappa)