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"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."
Martin Van Buren
US President (8), VP (8)
(see all US Presidents, VPs)
"While gripinge grefes ye hart would wounde,
And dolefulle domps ye mynde oppresse,
There musicke with her silver sound,
Is wont with spede to send redresse."
Alexandre Dumas Père
(father of Alexandre Dumas Fils [duh!])
"Even for the physicist the description in plain language will be a criterion of the degree of understanding that has been reached."
Werner Karl Heisenberg
"I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known."
"All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches."
US senator (SC), bigot, and hypocrite
, in 1948
"The hardest thing in the world is to start an orchestra, and the next hardest, to stop it."
"The politician is an acrobat; he keeps his balance by doing the opposite of what he says."
French writer, politician
"I am following Nature without being able to grasp her. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
(Manet is here)
"Elvis may have been the king of rock'n'roll, but I am the queen."
US singer, pianist, hall of famer
"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found."
"It's got lots of installation."
US baseball pitcher
, on his new coat
"My boyfriend and I live together, which means we don't have sexever. Now that the milk is free, we've both become lactose intolerant."
"Let's face it, sports writers, we're not hanging around with brain surgeons."
"I try to avoid the sweet-ass roles."