"I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race."
Thomas Love Peacock
"If there's one thing for which I admire you, it's your original discovery of the Ten Commandments."
Thomas B. Reed
US Rep (ME)
, to Teddy Roosevelt
"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
"There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
James Truslow Adams
Singer: "You know, my dear, I insured my voice for fifty thousand dollars."
Miriam Hopkins: "That's wonderful. And what did you do with the money?"
"If you just try long enough and hard enough, you can always manage to boot yourself in the posterior."
A. J. Liebling
"I got to be one of the guys so much, I used to have the girls waiting for me..."
(same dates as Klaus Kinski)
, on dressing like the rest of the band onstage
"It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there."
Canadian Prime Minister (15)
(was married to Margaret;
father, with her, of Justin Trudeau)
, on Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That's the kind of customers we need!"
US senator (NC)
, at a dinner to promote the state's tobacco industry (Jesse's the older boy on the left)
"Don't let the same dog bite you twice."
US singer songwriter guitarist
"Results! Why man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."
Thomas Alva Edison
"We have a strange and wonderful relationshiphe's strange and I'm wonderful."
US football coach
, on QB Jim McMahon
"I'm just your wild working musician."
US singer, songwriter
"Creation is everything you do. Make something."
"Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, respect me, I'm a respectable grown-up, and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death."
"It's sad to think that we've gotten to this that we actually have to think about how to go about finding a man. But what's even sadder is that some men make you feel guilty for looking."
"The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else."
Czech tennis player
"I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel."
"We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities."
"How sad would be November if we had no knowledge of the spring."
Edwin Way Teale
US writer, naturalist
"I like the character of Charity because she's so hopeful. She's never bitter, and plenty of things happen to her that could make her bitter. She always thinks tomorrow's going to be beautiful. And someday it will be."
US actor, dancer
(was married to Bob Fosse)
"Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms."
"There are two types of coaches. Them that have just been fired and them that are going to be fired."
US football coach