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"Follow not truth too near the heels, lest it dash out thy teeth."
"Why, Madam, do you know there are upward of thirty yards of bowels squeezed underneath that girdle of your daughter's? Go home and cut it; let Nature have fair play, and you will have no need of my advice."
"Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?"
"No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country."
Dr. Edward Everett Hale
US religious leader
"If you haven't struck oil in the first three minutesstop boring!"
"The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around."
"Erasers would taste good with this sauce."
, on eating escargot
"An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening."
"The really frightening thing about middle age is knowing you'll grow out of it."
"If you file your waste-paper basket for fifty years, you have a public library."
"Simple is the only way I can write."
US songwriter ("Oh Lonesome Me")
"A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions."
"You can take of a man's money, but when it's all said and done, you've only taken his money. When you take of a man's time, you've taken a part of his life. I'd like to thank you for giving me a part of your life tonight."
"I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me."
English guitarist, singer, songwriter
"Truth comes to us from the past, then, like gold washed down from the mountains."
Carter G. Woodson
"The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy."
US mystery writer
(as "Ellery Queen," with Frederick Dannay)
"God forbid people should read our books to find the juicy passages."
"When you start dealing with real change you are talking about interfering with those who are in possession of something."
Carl B. Stokes
US mayor (Cleveland)
"The human narrative, as we write it in novels and poems and stories, is a tale of never getting over the shock of life."