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"Always remember this: There are only eighteen inches between a pat on the back and a kick in the rump."
"It won't be long before we'll be writing together again. I just hope they have a decent piano up there."
, on songwriting partner Alan Jay Lerner's death
"If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough."
Dr. Edward Everett Hale
US religious leader
"She was what we used to call a suicide blondedyed by her own hand."
"There must be more to life than having everything."
(Where the Wild Things Are)
"I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said 'I will be so brief I have already finished,' and he sat down."
Edward O. Wilson
US scientist, writer
"There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating."
"I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone."
F. Lee Bailey
"Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences."
"These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder."
, on the O. J. Simpson jury
"For every point I'm given, I'll have earned two, because I'm a Negro."
"I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."
US Senator (NC), vice presidential (2004) and presidential (2008) candidate
"Lately, I've been a little sad that I'm not a gay man."
"Come to work on time, know your lines, and don't bump into the furniture."
"One never realizes how much and how little he knows until he starts talking."
"A proof tells us where to concentrate our doubts."
"I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own."
"Opening games make me nervous. To tell the truth, I'd rather open with our second game."
US football coach
"I never wanted to be famous; I only wanted to be great."
US R'n'B and jazz great