"Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens, and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances, exist only in the imagination."
"My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein."
US President (1)
(was married to Martha Washington)
"Every scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it."
"A woman is more beautiful than the world in which I live; and so I close my eyes."
French writer, surrealist
"When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it."
Margaret Chase Smith
US Rep and Senator (ME)
"It has long been my belief that in times of great stress, such as a 4-day vacation, the thin veneer of family wears off almost at once, and we are revealed in our true personalities."
("The Haunting of Hill House")
"There are three classes which need sanctuary more than othersbirds, wild flowers, and Prime Ministers."
British PM (38)
"The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious."
"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
"I dislike censorship. Like an appendix it is useless when inert and dangerous when active." *
"It's like obituaries. When you die they finally give you good reviews."
US baseball player
"I regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution that undermines the moral and legal foundations of a society. I reject the notion that the death penalty has any essential deterrent effect on potential offenders. I am convinced that the contrary is truethat savagery begets only savagery."
("My country and the world")
"Most of the sex I've seen on the screen looks like an expression of hostility towards sex."
("The Thin Man")
"I admit beauty will make it easier. An actress with a pretty face has a better chance of being noticed than one without it. But if a beautiful girl lacks the personality and talent to go with her looks, she will soon find herself out in the cold."