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"I feel incompetent to perform duties...which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me."
US President (17), VP (16)
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"Population, when unchecked, increases in geometrical progression of such a nature as to double itself every twenty-five years."
(image courtesy of the Bridgeman Art Library)
"To retire is to begin to die."
"I am not an Economist. I am an honest man!"
US economist (and liar)
"The only bad thing about Spokane is that there's nothing to do after 10 in the morning."
"The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals."
Sir William Osler
"Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers."
Mary Tyler Moore
"I've been very fortunateyou only can do what you're offered, you know?"
(father of Angelina Jolie)
"I love to play; a stage is a safe place for me to be. It's not that way for most folks, but I'd be lost without it."
Canadian bassist (The Band)
"Acting is pretending that you're not pretending when you're actually pretending."
(married to Mary Steenburgen)
"I don't have a bank account, because I don't know my mother's maiden name."
"The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none."
"Jazz is the folk music of the machine age."
"Half of this award should go to my wigs."
, on receiving a BAFTA award for "Pride and Prejudice"
"My only obligation is to keep myself and other people guessing."
"I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance."
British Prime Minister (44)
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"The last time I was in Spain I got through six Jeffrey Archer novels. I must remember to take enough toilet paper next time."
English comic, writer