— Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian
„She was dull, unattractive, couldn't tell the time, count money or tie her own shoe laces... But I loved her“
— Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
„Washington couldn't tell a lie, Nixon couldn't tell the truth, and Reagan couldn't tell the difference. (1987)“
— Mort Sahl American comedian and actor 1927
„I had in my soul the greatest truths to tell, but when I came to the work of telling them I couldn't do it.“
— William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
„Now, today is the day we honor, of course, the Presidents, ranging from George Washington, who couldn't tell a lie, to George Bush, who couldn't tell the truth, to Bill Clinton, who couldn't tell the difference.“
— Jay Leno American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host 1950
Monologue, 19 February 2007 (U.S. Presidents Day)
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
„And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?“
— Ogden Nash American poet 1902 - 1971
Context: And what really turns my corpuscles to ice, I carry around clippings and read them to people twice. And I know what I am doing while I am doing it and I don't want to do it but I can't help doing it and I am just another Ancient Mariner, And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener. Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?
— Hank Aaron Retired American baseball player 1934
As quoted in The Greatest Team of All Time: As Selected by Baseball's Immortals, from Ty Cobb to Willie Mays (1994), compiled by Nicholas Acoccella and Donald Dewey, p. 3
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
„Why couldn't someone have patience for me?
Why couldn't someone be wise to my fears?
Tell me why couldn't somebody cry for me
This time? And if I should die, who'll be the first to cry?“
— Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
"The First To Cry" - Live performance New Haven, CT (4 April 2003) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjxKnOLRFiA
„I couldn't tell you how happy I feel to have taken up drawing again. It had already been on my mind for a long time, but I always saw the thing as impossible and beyond my reach“
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
Context: First and foremost, the masterly etching, 'The bush', by Daubigny/Ruisdael. [ Daubigny's etching 'The bush', he made after Jacob van Ruisdael ].... I plan to do two drawings, either in sepia or something else, one of them after this etching [by Daubigny] — the other [etching, made] after T. Rousseau's 'The oven in Les Landes'. This latter sepia is already done — it's true — but if you compare it with Daubigny's etching, you'll understand that it becomes weak, even though the sepia drawing considered on its own may very well have a certain tone and sentiment. I have to go back to it and work on it again.... I couldn't tell you how happy I feel to have taken up drawing again. It had already been on my mind for a long time, but I always saw the thing as impossible and beyond my reach. In his letter to Theo, from Cuesmes, 24 September 1880 - original manuscript of letter no. 158 - at Van Gogh Museum, location Amsterdam - inv. no. b156 V/1962, http://vangoghletters.org/vg/letters/let158/letter.html Van Gogh's copies (drawings) he made after the work of Rousseau have been lost