"The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins."
Heywood C. Broun
("Christians Only: A Study in Prejudice")
(father of Heywood Hale Broun)
"It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't knowthe less a man knows, the more sure it is that he knows everything."
("The Horse's Mouth")
"A statesman is a successful politician who is dead."
Thomas B. Reed
US Rep (ME)
"Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck."
"In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you."
US sports team owner (New England Patriots)
"The notion 'grammatical' cannot be identified with 'meaningful' or 'significant' in any semantic sense. Sentences (1) and (2) are equally nonsensical, but only the former is grammatical.
(1) Colourless green ideas sleep furiously.
(2) Furiously sleep ideas green colourless."
"What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be."
"I am a greedy, selfish bastard. I want the fact that I existed to mean something."
US singer, songwriter
"I've seldom seen a horny player walk into a bar and not let out exactly what he did for a living."
US baseball player
"Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends."
US singer, songwriter
"I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebodysomewherewas practicing more than me."
US basketball player, coach
"I see my work like Picasso. He signed off on his work. I signed off on my work. I work hard during the week. I'm just trying to have fun."
US football player
, signed a football in the end zone after making a touchdown
"I do borrow from other writers, shamelessly! I can only say in my defense, like the woman brought before the judge on a charge of kleptomania, 'I do steal, but, your Honor, only from the very best stores.'"
("The Bridge of San Luis Rey")
"I believe that every English poet should read the English classics, master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them, travel abroad, experience the horror of sordid passion andif he is lucky enoughknow the love of an honest woman."
"Society has never barred women from bread-winning roles, but only from economic roles that are profitable and respectable."
"At the moment of truth, there are either reasons or results."
US test pilot