"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
"The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have; else they will never have better."
("Dance of the Seasons")
"Women are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern."
Sarah Moore Grimké
US abolitionist, suffragist
("Letters on the Equality of Sexes and the Condition of Women")
(sister of Angelina Grimké Weld)
"O'er the rugged mountain's brow,
Clara threw the twins she nursed
and remarked, 'I wonder now
which will reach the bottom first?'"
("Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes")
"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."
("Comic Cuts: A Bedside Sampler Of Censorship In Action")
, on one of Lillian Hellman's books
"True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes."
Edward F. Halifax
"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
("C Jam Blues")