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"'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'"
"But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little and who talk too much."
"To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing that well with one dollar, which any bungler can do with two after a fashion."
Duke of Wellington, English army commander, PM (21)
(see other British PMs; image courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
"What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy."
"If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all."
Dr. David Livingstone
Scottish missionary, explorer
"A proof tells us where to concentrate our doubts."
"Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery."
US comic, TV host (Tonight Show)
(also see Allen, Carson, and Leno)
"Good God, how much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth-decay in His divine system of creation?"
US writer (Catch-22)
"I don't know where my songs come from . . . If I knew, I'd know too much, more than we are allowed on this plane."
"Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character."
Paul Joseph Goebbels
"To be a judge you don't have to know about books, you have to be skilled at picking shrapnel out of your head."
English model, actor, writer
"The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less."