"To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it."
Pierre de Fermat
("Methodus ad disquirendam maximam et minimam")
, notes in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica
"We live in the present, we dream of the future, and we learn eternal truths from the past."
"In reality, it is more fruitful to wound than to kill. While the dead man lies still, counting only one man less, the wounded man is a progressive drain upon his side."
B. H. Liddell Hart
English military historian
("The Real War, 1914-1918")
"It wouldn't do in my profession to let anything escape you, not even a glass of bitter."
"Look, I'm not an intellectualI just take pictures."
"It is needless to say that women make the most patient as well as the most dangerous pickpockets."
Hungarian-born US magician
("The Grim Game")
"Americans will put up with anything, provided it doesn't block traffic."
"It would be very discouraging if somewhere down the line you could ask a computer if the Riemann hypothesis is correct and it said, `Yes, it is true, but you won't be able to understand the proof.'"
"Deafness has left me acutely aware of both the duplicity that language is capable of and the many expressions the body cannot hide."
US performance artist
("Mean Little deaf Queer")
"You don't pay an actor to act. An actor will do that for free because we love to act. You pay an actor to wait."
("The Second City")
"Once the Invisible Hand has taken all the historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperityy'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else: music, movies, microcode, and high-speed pizza delivery."
"In case it is one of mine." *
Augustus Edwin John
, patting the head of a child in Chelsea as he passed by
"The real reason I decided on show business was to avoid a day job."
US comic, actor (SNL)
"It's got lots of installation."
US baseball pitcher
, on his new coat
"If you live long enough, lots of nice things happen."
US football coach
"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition."
(daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru)
"Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real."