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"I find the medicine worse than the malady."
"Ah! What is man? Wherefore does he why? Whence did he whence? Whither is he withering?"
"The English may batter us to pieces, but they will never succeed in breaking our spirit."
Irish actor, patriot, feminist
"Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!"
"Considering the company I keep in this place, that is hardly surprising."
Sir Robert Menzies
, on his "superiority complex" and the Australian Parliament
"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil."
US political columnist
"A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose."
"No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted."
German scientist's cousin and wife
(married to Albert Einstein)
"I dislike organized games, swimming pools, fashionable resorts, night clubs, music in restaurants, and political manifestoes; I enjoy driving from coast to coast, good food and drink, a few friends, dogs, the theatre, long walks, music, and free conversation."
"Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had."
"All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say 'No' and said 'Yes'."
"She always accuses me of just listening to depressing music all day."
US singer (Black Crowes)
(was married to Kate Hudson)
, on Kate
"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts."
"It isn't true that you live only once. You only die once. You live lots of times, if you know how."
"What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want."
"Sometimes when I sit down to practice and there is no one else in the room, I have to stifle an impulse to ring for the elevator man and offer him money to come in and hear me."
"If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."
W. Edwards Deming
"We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked."
US secretary of state
, on Castro and the Cuban missile crisis
"A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror."
Ken S. Keyes, Jr.
"But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Dr. Carl Sagan
US scientist, writer
"In city, in suburb, in forest, no way to stretch out the armsso if you would grow, go straight up or deep down."
(same birth and death dates as Moss Hart)
"I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius!"