"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
"An improper mind is a perpetual feast."
Logan Pearsall Smith
("Words and Idioms")
"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."
("Reflections on the Decline of Science and Some of Its Causes")
"There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
James Truslow Adams
("The Epic of America")
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
("The Sweet Science")
(was married to Jean Stafford)
"It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from there."
Canadian Prime Minister (15)
, on Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(was married to Margaret;
father, with her, of Justin Trudeau)
"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)
"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
"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."
("The Heidi Chronicles")
"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."
("Waiting to Exhale")
"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
("The American Seasons")
"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."
("The Dog It Was That Died")
"There are two types of coaches. Them that have just been fired and them that are going to be fired."
US football coach
"Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision."
US military, Secretary of State