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"Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools."
English philosopher and scholar
"Born originals, how comes it to pass that we all die copies?"
"Thou wilt show my head to the people: it is worth showing."
Georges Jacques Danton
, on mounting the scaffold
"I am thirty-threethe age of the good sans-culotte Jesus; an age fatal to revolutionists."
French journalist, politician
"We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
Booker T. Washington
"There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails."
"Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country."
"Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies."
"Death, the one appointment we all must keep, and for which no time is set."
Earl Derr Biggers
US writer (Charlie Chan)
"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age."
US military, Secretary of State
"We're f890ing forty-year-old (sixty plus! -s) men, and we're behaving like children. It's silly, absolutely f890ing idiotic. Retarded."
English singer (The Animals)
"Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community."
US businessman (Wal-Mart)
(died near his birthday)
"I wish I would tell our audience that we don't hate them without sounding cheesy."
US singer, songwriter, guitarist (Nirvana)
(was married to Courtney Love)
"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."
"We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that."
US singer (Alice in Chains)
"In expressing love, we belong among the undeveloped countries."
"In Hollywood, there are more gun owners in the closet than homosexuals."
US actor, NRA president