"The human face is the organic seat of beauty... It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul."
Eliza Wood Burhans Farnham
US social reformer
("Woman and Her Era")
"Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows."
US native chief
"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
J. Paul Getty
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
("A Tree Grows in Brooklyn")
"By and by
God caught his eye."
("Odds Without Ends")
, epitaph for a waiter
"The universe is made of stories, not atoms."
("Book of the Dead")
"People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization."
("Points of Friction")
"The best that most of us can hope to achieve in physics is simply to misunderstand at a deeper level."
"The poor taxpayer may wipe his shoes on a $3 doormat when he goes home, but not the Navy. It is, damn the cost, full feet ahead on a doormat you would be ashamed to get muddy."
US Senator (WI)
, on excessive military spending on ordinary itemsthe doormat in question cost $792
"When I get inside the book I lose all my bearings."
("Her Husband: Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, a Marriage")
"God is a good God, and the Devil is a bad Devil."
"He couldn't hit a curve ball with an ironing board."
US baseball pitcher
, on Michael Jordan's bid to play baseball for White Sox