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"At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low."
"People who know how to employ themselves always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry."
"I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered."
"Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind."
"I am just going outside, and may be some time."
(died on birthday)
, last words, leaving tent, Antarctic expedition 1912
"Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears."
Bobby Tyre Jones
"When you're wrong, you're wrong. But when you're right, you're wrong anyhow."
US civil rights leader
"Am I supposed to believe that a man prancing about at the Royal Ballet in a pair of tights is part of my heritage?"
"I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of 'Daydream' in a lot of elevators."
US singer, songwriter
, on success
"Well, for a nine year old kid to be able to earn $110 in one day compared to $10 for a paper round, the economics were even obvious to a ten year old."
(partner of Goldie Hawn)
, on being a child star (image from masterpiecepumpkins.com)
"Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted."
"The human narrative, as we write it in novels and poems and stories, is a tale of never getting over the shock of life."
"Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running."
"It was just one of those quirky, sort of naughty, sort of wild, sort of, you know, drunken things that people will do from time to time."
, on why he filmed himself having sex with an underage girl
"The scientists split the atom; now the atom is splitting us."
"It seems that boredom is one of the greatest discoveries of our time. If so, there's no question but that he must be considered a pioneer."
, on Michelangelo Antonioni
"Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture."
"You need the willingness to fail all the time. You have to generate many ideas and then you have to work very hard only to discover that they donít work. And you keep doing that over and over until you find one that does work."
John W. Backus
US computing pioneer
"I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business. The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I'll ever have."
US singer (Box Tops, Big Star)