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"Do you not know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?"
"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same."
"Take away the pop eyes, the cigarette, and those funny clipped words, and what have you got? She's phony, but I guess the public likes that."
, on Bette Davis
"Man is a genius when he is dreaming."
"Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I'm doing."
Wernher von Braun
German rocket scientist
"If a man works like a horse for his money, there are a lot of girls anxious to take him down the bridal path."
"I will perish this forever."
US baseball (Braves) shortstop
, on receiving an award
"Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead."
Sir Roger Bannister
"It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children."
Christina Ama Ata Aidoo
"People are strange. We're all morticians. Hey, what's on TV?"
US singer, songwriter (Cars)
(married to Paulina Porizkova)
"My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly."
"All that anyone needs to imitate me is two soft-boiled eggs and a bedroom voice."
"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees."
US basketball player
, on joining the Dallas Mavericks
"Are you crazy? Don't you know there are people sleeping in Europe?"
, on a suggestion that he pour out half a Dexedrine before taking it
"What do you give a man who has everything? Penicillin."
"We must continuously discipline ourselves to remember how it felt the first moment."
US opera conductor