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"Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before, it was neither rhyme nor reason."
Sir Thomas More
"He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favour of two."
"Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get."
US abolitionist, writer
"Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go on and on, and sooner or later something dreadful happens."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Little House on the Prairie)
"Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics."
Godfrey Harold Hardy
"We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority."
"Down South where I come from you don't go around hitting too many white keys."
, on why his songs contained so many sharps and flats.
"The cowboys have a way of trussing up a steer or a pugnacious bronco which fixes the brute so that it can neither move nor think. This is the hog-tie, and it is what Euclid did to geometry."
Eric Temple Bell
"The office was his pirate ship but the car his perilous excursion ashore."
"I founded Wang Laboratories to show that Chinese could excel at things other than running laundries and restaurants."
Chinese electronic engineer
"I used to have a speech impediment, but we got divorced."
US cartoonist (The Lockhorns)
"The real problem is what to do with problem solvers after the problem is solved."
"Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs. I'm a writer, so whatever gymnastics jump through my head, I write about it."
US singer, songwriter (Come On)
"I observe that there are two entirely different theories according to which individual men seek to get on in the world. One theory leads a man to pull down everybody around him in order to climb up on them to a higher place. The other leads a man to help everybody around him in order that he may go up with them."
US lawyer, statesman
"The future is much like the present, only longer."
US baseball player
"I'm a great lover, I'll bet."
"If I don't need the money, I don't work."
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people, and monkeys do too (if they have a gun)."
Yemen-born English comic
"I just wake up and say, 'You're a bum, go do something worthwhile today.'"
"The goal of a tick is NOT to become a dog."
US friend of quotekeeper
, on corporate takeovers
"Do you know what the good side of crack is? If you're up at the right hour, you can get a VCR for $1.50. You can furnish your whole house for $10.95."
US comic, actor
"I don't believe that old cliche that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can't sit still."
(married to Demi Moore)
"It was nice to go through that and survive it. I think we were pretty levelheaded compared to some people."
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett
, on success with Foghat
"The only thing a magician ever really does is to ask one question: 'What's real and what's illusion?'"