(1925-1964) American author
- Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
- Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
- The novel is an art form and when you use it for anything other than art, you pervert it.
- Conviction without experience makes for harshness.
- I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial.
- It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.
Sir Laurence Olivier
- I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
- There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
- All things come to him that waits - even justice.
- When a cat is dropped, it always lands on its feet. When toast is dropped, it always lands butter-side-down. I propose to strap buttered toast to the back of a cat [butter facing up]. The two will hover, spinning, inches above the ground. With a giant buttered-toast/cat array, a high-speed monorail could easily link New York with Chicago.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
- The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.
- Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man. - speaking of Albert Einstein
- As long as men are free to ask what they must; free to say what they think; free to think what they will; freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
- Our accounting department is the office that has the little red box on the wall saying, "In case of emergency, break glass." And inside are two tickets to Brazil.
- Every morning I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense and the past perfect.
- I take my children everywhere, but the always find their way back home.
P. J. O'Rourke
- Never fight an inanimate object.
- Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
- Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
- Big Brother is watching you.
- All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
- Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
- The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
- Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
- Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry.
Sir William Osler
- When schemes are laid out in advance,it is surprising how circumstances will fit in with them.
- One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
- The entire civil service is like a fortress, made of papers, forms, and red tape.
John L. O'Sullivan
- The best government is that which governs least.
- When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.
(43 BC - 17 AD) - Roman poet noted for his humorous legends about the history of the world, the Metamorphoses
- Before you run in double harness, look well to the other horse.
- Seeking is all very well, but holding requires greater talent: Seeking involves some luck; now the demand is for skill.
- Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.
- Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be fish.
- Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.
- In an easy cause anyone can be eloquent; the slightest strength is enough to break what is already shattered.
Oxford Union Society
- Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat. --Rule 46