Quotable utterings of the famous (Part 5)

The following text is originally lifted from the trivia section of The Jakarta Post.

~Compiled from various sources~

  • "Pray, v. : To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy" - Ambrose Bierce.
  • "Every normal men must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats" - Henry Louis Mencken.
  • "Now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies" - Voltaire, on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.
  • "Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run" - Rudyard Kipling.
  • "He would make a lovely corpse" - Charles Dickens.
  • "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial" - Irvin S. Cobb.
  • "I worship the quick sand he walks in" - Art Buchwald.
  • "Wagner's music is better than it sounds" - Mark Twain.
  • "A poem is never finished, only abandoned" - Paul Valery.
  • "We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction" - General Douglas MacArthur.
  • "If you were plowing a field, which would you rather use? Two strong oxen or 1,024 chickens?" - Seymour Cray, father of super-computing.
  • "Interesting - I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray" - Seymour Cray when he was told that Apple Inc. had recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the next Mac.
  • "Your Highness, I have no need of this hypothesis" - Pierre Laplace, to Napoleon on why his works on celestial mechanics make no mention of God.
  • "I choose a block a marble and chop off whatever I don't need" - Francois-Auguste Rodin, when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues.
  • "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them" - Mark Twain.
  • "The truth is more important than the facts" - Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing" - Wernher Von Braun.
  • "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it" - Oscar Wilde.
  • "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" - Albert Einstein.

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