"We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'."
Sir Arthur Eddington
("Space, Time, and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory")
"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
US educator, philosopher
("How to Read a Book")
"Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped."
("In One Era And Out The Other")
"The real world is not easy to live in. It is rough; it is slippery. Without the most clear-eyed adjustments we fall and get crushed. A man must stay sober: not always, but most of the time."
("Life with Father")
"Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave."
("An American Tragedy")
"I really had little interest in becoming famous. When I write my book, it will be my guide to avoid becoming a rock star."
US keyboardist, saxophonist, singer
(brother of Johnny Winter)
"Our pain isn't as bad as you might think. Dead people don't suffer."
US pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
, on losing six games against the Yankees late in the 1978 season
"It's been like a bad dream I never woke from."
US singer (Box Tops, Big Star)
, on fame
"A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, 'Oh, I don't like it.' One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin."
"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better."
A. J. Liebling
("The Sweet Science")
(was married to Jean Stafford)
"Microsoft isn't evil, they just make really crappy operating systems."
Finnish-US computer engineer
"It's nice to have an elephant in the room. There's nothing more helpful than something everybody's thinking about."
US comic (SNL), talk show host
"Had a discussion last night about the difference between comic and comedianmy opinionone says funny things, the other says things funny."
US comic, actor (Dick Van Dyke Show)
"It never pays to deal with the flyweights of the world. They take far too much pleasure in thwarting you at every turn."
("Y Is for Yesterday")