"The Americans are the first people whom heaven has favoured with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing forms of government under which they should live."
US politician, founding father, Supreme Court justice
"Population, when unchecked, increases in geometrical progression of such a nature as to double itself every twenty-five years."
(image courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
"The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have; else they will never have better."
"O'er the rugged mountain's brow,
Clara threw the twins she nursed
and remarked, 'I wonder now
which will reach the bottom first?'"
"Within every man and woman a secret is hidden, and as a photographer it is my task to reveal it if I can."
("The Roaring Lion")
"It is curious how incest, impotence, nymphomania, religious mania, and real estate speculation can be so dull."
, on one of Lillian Hellman's books
"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"
US actor, musician (SNL;
"Derek Smalls" in Spinal Tap;
many characters on The Simpsons)
"True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."
Edward F. Halifax
"I think celebrities suck."
US singer (Pearl Jam)
"The name of my condition is Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, but you can just call me Billy."
"You not only have to know your own instrument, you must know the others and how to back them up at all times. That's jazz."
Canadian pianist, composer