"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."
"You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you."
"It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young."
("Man Meets Dog")
"I wish I'd watched less TV."
, I wish he'd been on less TV
"I'm somewhat horrified because I don't think the young people today even know what history is. Some of them don't even study History at school anymore or Geography and they don't know where one place is from another."
"Depression can be the sand that makes the pearl. Most of my best work came out of it."
(relationships with Graham Nash,
"My mother always told me I wouldn't amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, 'Just wait.'"
US accordion-wielding comic
"I keep going over a sentence. I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it."
("The Cubical City")
"Life oscillates between Voltaire and Rousseau, Confucius and Lao-Tze, Socrates and Christ. After every idea has had its day with us and we have fought for it not wisely or too well, we in our turn shall tire of the battle, and pass on to the young our thinning fasicle of ideals. Then we shall take to the woods with Jacques, Jean-Jacques, and Lao-Tze; we shall make friends of the animals, and discourse more contentedly than Machiavelli with simple peasant minds; we shall leave the world to stew in its own deviltry, and shall take no further thought of its reform." (whew! -s)
(died near his birthday;
was married to Ariel Durant)
"Poetry is what happens when an anxiety meets a technique."
India-born English writer
"I was on the bus, and the bus was crowded, and I pushed and shoved. And I was standing beside a white fella, about six foot three, 250 pounds, broad shoulders. He looked down at me and said, "Are you a member of the NAACP?" And I said no. He said, "Do you belong to CORE?" I said no. He said, "Are you a follower of Martin Luther King?" I said no. He said, "Well, do you believe in Black Power?" I said I don't believe in none of that stuff. He said, "Then get off my damn foot!"
"You know, people say 'Wait and go to heaven.' Well, if heaven's like they claim it is, I don't want to go. I'd get bored."
"Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people."
"Haters are cowards. When confronted they often back down. We must resist haters."
US Secretary of State
"The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world."