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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

Ernest Hemingway

Every man wishes to be wise, and they who cannot be wise are almost always cunning.

Samuel Johnson

Give me a lever long enough, and I shall move the world.


When you come right down to it all you have is yourself. The sun is a thousand rays in your belly. All the rest is nothing.

Pablo Picasso

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music.

Music is THE BEST.

Frank Zappa

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in an ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Mother Theresa

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe,and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

Arthur C. Clarke

May this continent, the last explored by humankind, be the first one to be spared by humankind.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 1973, on Antartica

To err is human, to forgive, divine.

Alexander Pope

Let us endeavour to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain

The attraction of being wild is living on the edge, living up to the reputations of the people you've been following or emulating. People are always talking about how wild and exciting they were, but the key word is 'were', because there's a long list of dead, famous people.

Christian Slater

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

John F. Kennedy

Lift off! We have a lift off 32 minutes past the hour!

363 feet of gleaming white equipment being pushed up through the blue skies of Florida...

I'm talking to you by telephone from the Oval Room at the White House. For every American, this has to be the proudest day of our lives...

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind...

Apollo XI

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

Winston Churchill

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Jules de Gaultier

I said that if people tell you your mother is not prime minister anymore, you just turn around and say, 'So what? How often has your mother been prime minister?'

Ousted Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, recounting advice she gave her children
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

The pope is dead tired and should be left in peace. Anyone who tries to approach him, even to wish him well, is committing a sin.

The local parish priest in Lorenzago di Cadore, a village in the Italian Dolomites where His Holines
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

Dear Pre$ident Clinton, Thank$ for Be$towing once again mo$t favored nation $tatu$ and remembering what$ really important.

Newsweek, January 6, 1997

When I don't take a decision, it's not that I don't think about it. I think about it and take a decision not to take a decision.

Outgoing Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao defending his reputation for indecisiveness
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

You can see our respect for women by the fact that we have pledged to pay working women, even though they don't have to work.

Taliban Information Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, on the Muslim fundamentalists' ban on Afghan women i
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

In the name of peace, we kill each other. In the name of religion, we kill each other. So we decided to laugh at that.

Jordanian comedian Nabil Sawaiha, on the cabaret act he and a partner wrote and performed in Tel Avi
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

If you believe that, I've got some land I want to sell you.

Bill Clinton, after golfer Greg Norman told reporters that the president was beating him in a golf g
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

I'm running for president of the United States because I believe that - with strong leadership - America's days will always lie ahead of us. Just as they lie ahead of us now.

Republican nominee Bob Dole, campaigning in Michigan
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

I give you my word. I will halt this invasion cold. Six months after I become president, a security fence will be erected on the Mexican border, and I will use troops if necessary to defend it.

Republican candidate Patrick Buchanan
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

Evil visited us yesterday, and we don't know why.

Ron Taylor, headmaster of he school in Dunblane, Scotland, where a gunman killed sixteen 5- and 6- y
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

If an American is hit on the head by a ball at the ballpark, he sues.
If a Japanese person is hit on the head, he says, 'It's my honor. It's my fault.'

Koji Yanase, of the Japan federation of Bar Associations, on why there are half as many lawyers in h
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

There were so many stories around, it was almost inevitable some of them would turn out to be true.

Majesty magazine editor Nigel Evans, explaining a string of accurate stories about the royal family
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

Many people see Eva Peron as either a saint or the incarnation of Satan. That means I definitely can identify with her.

Madonna, defending her suitability to portray Evita in the film version
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

I wanted revenge; I wanted to dance on the graves of a few people who made me unhappy. It's a pretty infantile way to go through life - I'll show them - but I've done it, and I've got more than I ever dreamed of.

actor Anthony Hopkins, on stardom
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

I just really liked her.

Fifteen-year-old James Wilson, who traveled from Illinois to Massachusetts by bike, bus and foot to
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

We've eliminated what is undesirable and kept what is good.

Computer scientist James Chu, whose China Internet Corp. is building an "intranet" that limits acces
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

We are more important than the Catholic religion.

International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, on the significance of the Games
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

The NBA players are smart enough to know that you get the virus from unprotected sex, and we're not going to have unprotected sex on the basketball court.

Golden State Warriors center Rony Seikaly, on the return to pro backetball of Los Angeles Lakers sup
Newsweek, January 6, 1997

Here it comes, ladies and gentlemen, and what a sight it is, a thrilling one, a marvelous sight... The sun is striking the windows of the observation deck on the westward side and sparkling like glittering jewels on the background of black velvet... Oh! Oh! Oh!... It's burst into flames... get out of the way, please, oh my, this is terrible, oh my, get out of the way, please, it is burning, bursting into flames and is falling... Oh! This is one the worst... Oh! It's a terrific sight... Oh! and all the humanity..."

Radio Commentator
Wreck of the Hindenberg

A billion hours ago, human life appeared on earth. A billion minutes ago, Christianty emerged. A billion Coca-Colas ago was yesterday morning.

1996 Coca-Cola Company annual report

Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.

Carl Sagan

This is not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning.

Winston Churchill, on D-Day

Men say I am a saint losing himself in politics. That fact is that I am a politician trying my hardest to become a saint.

Mahatma Ghandhi

I have a higher and greater standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie but I won't.

Mark Twain
the Chicago Tribune, 20 Dec 1871

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

Henry David Thoreau

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

George Bernard Shaw

It was involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy, when asked how he became a Navy hero

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season."

Martin Luther King

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Abraham Lincoln

Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old One. In any case I am convinced that He doesn't play dice.

Albert Einstein
letter to Max Born, 4 Dec 1926

The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.

Nikola Tesla

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.


Tiger, tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry.

William Blake

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Abraham Lincoln