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"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading."
US Senator (MA)
"Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act."
English social reformer
"A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market."
"Every poet knows the pun is Pierian, that it springs from the same soil as the Muse, a matching and shifting of vowels and consonants, an adroit assonance sometimes derided as jackassonance."
"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."
Ralph W. Sockman
US religious person
"Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations."
"If you don't find a God by five o'clock this afternoon you must leave the college."
English educator, scholar
"The great obstacle to discovery
was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."
Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin
"We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business."
US President (39)
(son of Lillian, married to Rosalyn; father of Amy; see all US Presidents)
"The Constitution does not guarantee the right to acquire information at a public library without any risk of embarrassment."
US Supreme Court
(see other Supreme Court justices)
"There are too many prima donnas in this business and not enough action."
, on Hollywood
"She needs open-heart surgery, and they should go in through her feet."
, on columnist Joyce Haber
"I mean, it's unheard of for somebody to hit 70 home runs, so I'm like in awe of myself right now."
US baseball player
"It's permanent, for now."
Panamanian baseball outfielder
, on changing his name to Bobby
"I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel."
E. B. White
US writer, grammarian
"I often feel that people come to me to be photographed as they would go to a doctor or a fortune tellerto find out how they are."