"Ah! What is man? Wherefore does he why? Whence did he whence? Whither is he withering?"
"Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!"
"Considering the company I keep in this place, that is hardly surprising."
Sir Robert Menzies
, on his "superiority complex" and the Australian Parliament
"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
US political columnist
("The Unfinished Country")
"A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose."
("In the Absence of Angels")
"No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted." *
German physicist's spouse and cousin
(married to Albert Einstein)
"I dislike organized games, swimming pools, fashionable resorts, night clubs, music in restaurants, and political manifestoes; I enjoy driving from coast to coast, good food and drink, a few friends, dogs, the theatre, long walks, music, and free conversation."
("Goodbye, Mr. Chips")
"God heard the embattled nations sing and shout
'Gott strafe England' and 'God save the King!'
God this, God that, and God the other thing
'Good God!' said God, 'I've got my work cut out!'"
Sir John Collings Squire
("If It Had Happened Otherwise")
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."
("The Grapes of Wrath")
"It isn't true that you live only once. You only die once. You live lots of times, if you know how."
("Beyond the Sea")
"Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions."
("The Complete Neurotic's Notebook")
"If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."
W. Edwards Deming
("Some Theory of Sampling")
"We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked."
US secretary of state
, on Castro and the Cuban missile crisis
"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror."
Ken S. Keyes, Jr.
("The Hundredth Monkey")
"In city, in suburb, in forest, no way to stretch out the armsso if you would grow, go straight up or deep down."
English-born US writer
("The Double Image")
(same birth and death dates as Moss Hart and
"I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius!"
("Don't Say a Word")