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Wit

“Mr. Fay, is this going to be a battle of wits?” “If it is you have come unarmed!” -Frank Fay


“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.” -Sir Winston Churchill

Business/Politics

“When as a young and unknown man I started to be successful I was referred to as a gambler. My operations increased in scope. Then I was a speculator. The sphere of my activities continued to expand and presently I was known as a banker. Actually I had been doing the same thing all the time.” -Sir Ernest Cassel


“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.” -Sir Winston Churchill


“. . . anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” -Robert Benchley, in Chips off the Old Benchley, 1949


“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” -Otto von Bismark or Anonymous


“There is a special providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.” -Misattributed to Otto von Bismark but was likely Abbé Correa

Science/Art

“The height of originality is skill in concealing origins.” -Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad


“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” -Orson Welles


“If I were given an hour in which to do a problem upon which my life depended, I would spend 40 minutes studying it, 15 minutes reviewing it and 5 minutes solving it.” -Albert Einstein


“I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.” -Earnest Hemingway