Favorite Quotes


Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.

 - George Bernard Shaw

Taking risks...

If I have learned one thing in my fifty-four years, it is that it is very good for the character to engage in sports which put your life in danger from time to time. It breeds a saneness in dealing with day-to-day trivialities which probably cannot be got in any other way, and a habit of quick decisions.

 - Nevil Shute

On regrets about leaving aviation...

My gladness is tempered with regret, for once a man has spent his time in messing about with aeroplanes he can never forget their heartaches and their joys, nor is he likely to find another occupation that will satisfy him so well, even writing novels.

 - Nevil Shute

P. G. Wodehouse quotes...

If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.


At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.

 - P. G. Wodehouse

Believing absurdities...

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

 - Voltaire

The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. All you have to do is tell them that they are in danger of being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

 - Hermann Goering

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.

 - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Being rich...

Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be.

 - Rita Rudner


For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.

 - Alice Kahn

Favorite animal...

Favorite animal: Steak

 - Fran Lebowitz