Orville Wright No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris ... [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.
George Bernard Shaw Life does not cease to be funny when people die; any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
Ellis Peters Nothing is more pleasing and engaging than the sense of having conferred benefits. Not even the gratification of receiving them.
Kin Hubbard The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.
Paul Valery Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Boris Pasternak What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
Sir Francis Bacon A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Oscar Wilde I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.
Marcel Proust Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Frank Zappa The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.
J. S . Bach There is nothing remarkable about it, all one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
Art Bell Fear is a great motivator.
John F. Kennedy Probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.
Harold B. Lee The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the wall of our own homes.
George Bernard Shaw Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Helen Keller When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Brooks Atkinson The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.
Rosilind Russell When something (an affliction) happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
Simonides Go tell the Spartans,<br> Passerby,<br> That here, obedient to their laws,<br> We lie.
Solomon Short The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky
Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in.
Peter Sellers There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed.
Pablo Picasso Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Albert Einstein To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.
Abigail Adams Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.