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"Before you run in double harness, look well to the other horse."
(03/20/0043 BC ?/?/0017 AD)
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."
Sir Isaac Newton
"It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians."
"The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do."
B. F. Skinner
"I'm a charming coward; I fight with words."
US comic, actor
(father of Rob Reiner)
"Dear me, I never knew that the lower classes had such white skins."
"She Got the Gold Mine, I Got the Shaft."
, song title
"I am not denying anything I did not say."
Canadian PM (18)
"You have to create a track record of breaking your own mold, or at least other people's idea of that mold."
"I get onstage with Eric[Clapton] or B. B. [King], and I am terrified. You couldn't drive a nail in my ass with a sledgehammer. Don't repeat that: it won't come off very good."
Jimmie Lee Vaughan
US musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
(brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan)
"When Charlie Finley had his heart operation it took eight hours. Seven just to find his heart."
US pitcher (Oakland As)
"Critics like to build you up, tear you down, and then, if you're lucky, build you up again."
"I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun."
"I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence."
"I used to believe the government was the answer to all our problems. But the . . . government, I've concluded, is now an insufferable jungle of self-serving bureaucrats."
"The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one."
"I shall never be as old as I was between 20 and 30."
V. S. Pritchett
"If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victims."
US writer, politico