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"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground."
"I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long."
Austria-born French royalty
"To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
Irish writer and wit
"Thought is a strenuous artfew practice it, and then only at rare times."
Israeli Prime Minister
"Critics? I love every bone in their heads."
"Most of teachers have but one object, viz. to draw their salary. I do not think that a teacher should have no salary. But I think they should earn it first and then think of it."
US educator, scout
"Average voters don't have access to the knowledge needed for informed judgments."
US senator, governor (WA)
"Information networks straddle the world. Nothing remains concealed. But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information. We are unable to take it all in."
"My goal in life is to become the person my dog thinks I am."
"Paul, George, and Ringo are recording a song using the last of John's unreleased tapes. It goes 'Hello, this is the Lennon residence, I can't come to the phone right now...'"
US Congressman (CA)
"If you ever write about my family again, I will (expletive) find you and I will (expletive) hurt you."
(partner of Susan Sarandon)
, to a Washington Post reporter who wrote about Sarandon's conservative mother
"The words of the world want to make sentences."
French philosopher, writer
"I realized long ago that I could not depend on luck to bring me success. I worked hard, extra hard to improve my chance by increasing my abilities and my experience. It was my goal to accomplish, in my life, something of value and to do it with self-respect and integrity."
(died near his birthday)
"Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seem to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold?"
"I think it's remarkable that a man could write the kind of thing I dolengthy, intricate, not dependent on sex or violenceand acquire the readership I have."
James A. Michener
"Personally, I think if a woman hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky."