„Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.“

—  Quentin Crisp, Ch. 18
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1908 - 1999

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„A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House...“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
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„Yesterday, a funny thing happened to me on my way to the Conclave.“

—  Pope John Paul I 263rd Pope of the Catholic Church 1912 - 1978
Address to the crowd in St Peter's Square (27 August 1978), the day after his election, as quoted in In God's Name (1987) by David Yallop, p. 132

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„There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.“

—  Oscar Levant American comedian, composer, pianist and actor 1906 - 1972
As quoted in Celebrity Register: An Irreverent Compendium of American Quotable Notables (1959) by Cleveland Amory.

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„It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
Quoted in The Observer 13 April 1958

Carl Sagan photo

„It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Woody Allen photo

„It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
" Death (A Play) http://books.google.com/books?id=qjRaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22It's+not+that+I'm+afraid+to+die+I+just+don't+want+to+be+there+when+it+happens%22&pg=PA99#v=onepage".

Winston S. Churchill photo

„My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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„I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.“

—  Jerome K. Jerome English humorist 1859 - 1927
Context: It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. Ch. 15.

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„I can resist everything except temptation.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
Lord Darlington, Act I.

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„An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.“

—  H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques
"A Few Pages of Notes," http://books.google.com/books?id=hXVHAAAAYAAJ&q=%22An+idealist+is+one+who+on+noticing+that+a+rose+smells+better+than+a+cabbage+concludes+that+it+is+also+more+nourishing%22&pg=PA435#v=onepage The Smart Set (January 1915); later published in A Little Book in C Major http://books.google.com/books?id=EAJbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22An+idealist+is+one+who+on+noticing+that+a+rose+smells+better+than+a+cabbage+concludes+that+it+is+also+more+nourishing%22&pg=PA19#v=onepage (1916)

Thomas Edison photo

„I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.“

—  Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
As quoted in: [J. L.] Elkhorne. Edison — The Fabulous Drone, in 73 Vol. XLVI, No. 3 (March 1967) http://www.arimi.it/wp-content/73/03_March_1967.pdf, p. 52

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