"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."
Martin Van Buren
US President (8),
"Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached."
Werner Karl Heisenberg
("The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory")
"All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches."
US senator (SC), bigot, and hypocrite
, in 1948
"The hardest thing in the world is to start an orchestra, and the next hardest, to stop it."
"I am following Nature without being able to grasp her. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
(Manet is here)
"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
("Tepper Isn’t Going Out")
"Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever."
"Let's face it, sports writers, we're not hanging around with brain surgeons."
US sports writer
"The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain."
Colin Henry Wilson
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
"One good thing about rain in Scotland. Most of it ends up as scotch."