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"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."
John Paul Jones
US naval officer
"We met Dr. Hall in such very deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead."
"It is the ground, it's too far away."
Dr. W. G. Grace
English cricket legend
, on poor fielding
"No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong timebut a good plan should keep a concentration from forming."
Charles E. Wilson
US corporate president (General Motors)
"We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions."
(Thanks to the other Jessamyn for the photo)
"I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to lose."
Sam I. Hayakawa
Canadian-US semanticist, senator (CA)
"The first time you buy a house you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It's the same with men."
"If you're doing the devil, look for the angel in him. If you're doing the angel, look for the devil in him."
(was married to Jessica Tandy)
, on acting
"It proves what they always say: give the public what they want and they'll come out for it."
US comic, actor, painter
, on Harry Cohn's funeral
"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."
"I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets."
US astronaut, senator (OH)
"When I say 'work' I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs."
"I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it's a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life."
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
"A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again."
Carl van Doren
US writer, educator
"I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."
"The voice of intelligence... is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance."
Dr. Karl A. Menninger
US scientist, psychologist
(died near his birthday)
"Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."
General William Westmoreland