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"It appears to me that if one wishes to make progress in mathematics, one should study the masters and not the pupils."
Niels H. Abel
"After the age of 80, everything reminds you of something else."
US explorer, writer
"It's necessary to be slightly underemployed if you are to do something significant."
James D. Watson
"We're all just walking each other home."
US spiritual teacher
"There is a good deal to live for, but a man has to go through hell really to find it out."
Edwin Arlington Robinson
"The guitar's not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin' a tooth pulled or something."
, on a guitar he had built to spec
"If we hadn't put a man on the moon, there wouldn't be a Silicon Valley today."
"I got a job in a radio station because I could always do that with my voicecould make you believe that I was committed to the words coming out of my mouth."
US comic, actor, musician
"He always gave me the impression that he got up in the morning to see with whom he could have a quarrel."
Sir Seymour Hicks
, on W. S. Gilbert
"My music is best understood by children and animals."
Russian composer, conductor
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...'"
Russian writer, scientist
"I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time."
"I always said that I'm not the best singer in the world, just the loudest."
US singer, songwriter
(was married to George Jones)
"Basically, I hate conformity. I hate people telling me what to do. It makes me want to smash things. So-called normal behaviour patterns make me so bored, I could throw up!"
Wendy O. Williams
US singer (Plasmatics)
"We did consider the name 'Beetles,' but Jerry [Allison] said, 'Aw, that's just a bug you'd want to step on,' so we immediately dropped that."
US guitarist (Crickets)