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"It is better to be killed than frightened to death."
R. S. Surtees
"I was not able to stop or slow down the Vietnam War."
US senator (MT)
, on his greatest disappointment in 34 years as Senate majority leader
"I'll have to have a room of my own. Nobody could sleep with Dick. He wakes up during the night, switches on the lights, speaks into his tape recorder."
US First Lady (38)
(wife of Richard Nixon; see other US First Ladies)
"I was walking downstairs carrying a drink in one hand and a book in the other. Don't try that after 90."
, on breaking his hip
"A dose of poison can do its work only once, but a bad book can go on poisoning people's minds for any length of time."
Sir John Murray
"People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius."
US comic actor
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."
"'Hello,' he lied."
, on the sincerity of Hollywood agents
"Whenever there is a simple error that most laymen fall for, there is always a slightly more sophisticated version of the same problem that experts fall for."
Israeli-US cognitive psychologist
"A guy called me smarmy one time. I had to call him up and ask him what it meant."
US game-show host
"Acting is a way of living out one's insanity."
"The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man."
William Henry Beveridge
India-born English economist
"The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better."
John Mason Brown
"The law is bigger than moneybut only if the law works hard enough."
Thomas E. Dewey
US governor (NY)
"The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life."
"You can pitch a gem and lose, but you can't lose when you win. Wait, don't quote me on that. I sound like Yogi Berra."
US baseball player