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"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."
US President (2), VP (1)
(was married to Abigail Smith Adams, father of John Quincy Adams, grandfather of Charles Francis Adams; see all US Presidents, VPs)
"And under that, Tom, write 'unfurnished.'"
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
English satirist, parliamentarian
, to his son, who because of his independence of party, suggested writing "to Let" on his forehead
"To be conscious is an illnessa real thorough-going illness."
"The men are much alarmed by certain speculations about women; and well they may be, for when the horse and ass begin to think and argue, adieu to riding and driving."
Adelaide Anne Procter
"God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through."
"There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet."
Admiral William Frederick Halsey
"My pessimism goes to the point of suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists."
French Lampoonist, moralist, historian of the life sciences, biologist, popularizer scientific, pacifist, humanistic, anticlerical...
"The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance."
"The news is the one thing that the networks can point to with pride. Everything else they do is crapand they know it."
US TV producer
"There is a young and impressionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment."
Joan Ganz Cooney
US TV producer
"The longer I live, the less I trust ideas, the more I trust emotions."
French film director
"A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say."
English writer, director
"Billy, in one of his nice new sashes
fell in the fire and was burnt to ashes;
now, although the room grows chilly,
I haven't the heart to poke poor Billy."
"No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it."
US singer (Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
"Bill [Mitchell] said he really liked it. But when he asked the other four their opinions, we all took one look at ourselves in our raggedy long winter coats and cracked up. We knew we weren't likely to tempt anyone or anything, but what the hell, it was as good a name as any."
US singer (Temptations)
, on the name of the group
"I started my career in kindergarten playing a tube of toothpaste in a hygiene play."
"It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead."
Dame Rose Macaulay
"I think the secret to the guy was that he was very simple, not stupid, but not a genius, and he ended up being something like an elaborately clothed emperor in a kingdom full of people with no clothes."
US singer, guitarist (Posies, Big Star)
, on Elvis
"Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.'"
US first family
(mother of Jimmy Carter, grandmother of Amy)
"The drug user drowns in the same pool mystics swim in."
"Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar."
US comic, actor, composer, writer
(other "Tonight Show" hosts: Paar, Carson, and Leno)
"Why stop now when I'm just getting the hang of it?"
, on retiring