"Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think."
("The Theory of Spectra and Atomic Constitution; three essays")
(same dates as Henry Agard Wallace)
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)
"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."
("The Walsh Girls")
"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
("Self and Others")
"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
("No Future Without Forgiveness")
"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
("Jack & Diane")
(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)
("Fake Plastic Trees")
"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
"Toe dancing is a dandy attention getter, second only to screaming."
Agnes de Mille
US dancer, choreographer
("Dance to the Piper")
(niece of Cecil B. de Mille)
"The silence is deafening."
US rock'n'roll wife and mother
, on life without Frank
(was married to Frank Zappa)