To succeed is nothing, it's an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or he will certainly misunderstand them.

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.

Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book.

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

Today you can go to a gas station and find the cash register open and the toilets locked. They must think toilet paper is worth more than money.

There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators.

Howard Dietz

I don't like composers who think. It gets in the way of their plagiarism.

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