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"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."
Scottish evangelist, writer
"I'd like to make people who see me in comic pantomime on the screen feel the way Mark Twain makes his readers feel."
(sister of Lillian)
"This is the best biography by me I have ever read."
US (yep, South Dakota!) bandleader, TV host
"He told us he was going to take crime out of the streets. He did. He took it into the damn White House."
US clergyman, activist
, on Richard Nixon
"There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all."
US Supreme Court
(see other Supreme Court justices)
"A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
"If you started to write, you did it because you had an urge to express yourself. That urge is a part of you."
Erle Stanley Gardner
"There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."
Philo T. Farnsworth
US inventor (first television broadcast)
, to his son, on television
"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
"I worked out of desperation. I used to hit fast and run in hopes that people wouldn't realize that I really couldn't do anything."