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"Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung."
"Everything has two sidesthe outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn."
South African writer
"A nation is not in danger of financial disaster merely because it owes itself money."
US lawyer, judge, banker, Secretary of Treasury
"The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin."
"Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders."
"Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena."
"No man should be in public office who can't make more money in private life."
Thomas E. Dewey
US governor (NY)
"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through."
"'A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drownded,' he said, 'for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.'"
John Millington Synge
"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
"Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism."
"If at first you do succeed, try to remember how."
"She's like somebody's mom who'd a few too many drinks at a cocktail party."
, on Grace Slick
"The reminiscences of Mrs. Humphrey Ward ... convinced me that autobiography is a sin."
"My first words were 'Seconds, please.' Most kids in kindergarten napped on a little rug. I had a braided 9 x 12."
"So that's what hay looks like."
, on evacuation from the palace during WWII
"It's like walking around a history book. You have all these beautiful buildings that were built before 1980."
, on London
"No matter how complicated a problem is, it usually can be reduced to a simple, comprehensible form which is often the best solution."
Chinese electronic engineer