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"And when statesmen or others worry [the scientist] too much, then he should leave with his possessions."
"A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished."
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
"In this age of innovation perhaps no experiment will have an influence more important on the character and happiness of our society than the granting to females the advantages of a systematic and thorough education."
Sarah Josepha Hale
"No one can claim to be called Christian who gives money for the building of warships and arsenals."
"The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it."
"It's only people who are hysterical who can play hysterical parts."
"These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas, such as: 'I see where I can make an annual cut of $3.47 in my meat budget.' But they have no slow, big ideas."
"So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience."
"In them days I just as soon died, except for my harmonica. It was like a friend who didn't give a damn if I could see or not."
US harmonica player
"When I first drew him I had eyes in there and it didn't look right."
, on his character Batman
"Most people ignore most poetry
most poetry ignores most people."
"An odd thing occurs in the minds of Americans when Indian civilization is mentioned: little or nothing."
Paula Gunn Allen
US native writer
"It was all completely incomprehensible to me. I was fearful of the language. You had to look up every third word."
(married to Phoebe Cates)
, on doing Shakespeare
"The tones of gray, pale turquoise, and pink will prevail."
French fashion designer
"It does not matter how badly you paint so long as you don't paint badly like other people."
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
US baseball player
"I was trained by my husband. He said, 'If you want a thing done go. If not send.' I belong to that group of people who move the piano themselves."
Eleanor Robson Belmont
English-US actor, writer
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."
Russian historian and writer
(was married to Will Durant)
"Millions of people who have never died before will be killed."
US TV producer
, line from "Star Trek"
"In bygone days, commanders were taught that when in doubt, they should march their troops towards the sound of gunfire. I intend to march my troops towards the sound of gunfire."
Baron Jo(seph) Grimond
"Our children are not going to be just 'our children.' They are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren."
Mary Steichen Calderone
US physician, writer
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."