The Speaker's Book of Quotations

The Speaker's Book of Quotations


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"Think how much happier women would be if, instead of endlessly fretting about what the males in their lives are thinking, they could relax, secure in the knowledge that the correct answer is: very little."

"I'd tell you what I really thought about the national media, but as my good friend Dana Carvey would say, 'Wouldn't be prudent. Not gonna do it.' "

"We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?"

"Don't find fault. Find a remedy."

"Peace is more precious than a piece of land."

"People who read tabloids deserve to be lied to."

"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of lifetime."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449005606
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Henry O. Dormann is a man of unique talents and achievements. He was the founder and the first executive director of the Library of Presidential Papers. He has served as president of the Technical Development Corporation, a division of the US Banknote Corporation; chairman of the board of the National Enquirer, the largest circulated newspaper in the United States; president and editor in chief of SIPA Publications; president and editor in chief of Holiday magazine; chairman of the Haitian American Community Development Corporation; chairman of Sabador, Inc., Liberia; chairman of the New York Assembly Committee on Economic Development; chairman of the International Board of Industrial Advisors; and chairman and editor in chief of Leaders magazine.

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How to make a king smile, or a president, or a CEO, or a newfound friend:
"After years of trying to put people at ease before an interview, I have found the perfect solution. You shake hands, take a step back, look the person in the eye, and exclaim with astonishment, "Why, you look so much younger than your photographs!" It works every time. The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."
Sigmund Z. Engel
As quoted in Newsweek
July 4, 1949

"Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted."
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)
American author, critic
As quoted in Forbes
July 26, 1999

"Age is not particularly interesting. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough."
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
American actor
Groucho and Me

"I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap."
Bob Hope (b. 1903)
American comedian
As quoted in the
  International Herald Tribune
August 3, 1990

"When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed.
It evens itself out."
I. F. Stone (1907-1989)
American journalist
As quoted in the International Herald Tribune
March 16, 1988

"A man does not get old because he nears death; a man gets old because he can no longer see the false from the good."
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)
American author
Screams from the Balcony:
  Selected Letters, 1993

"The older you get the stronger the wind gets--and it's always in your face."
Jack Nicklaus (b. 1940)
American athlete
As quoted in the
International Herald Tribune
February 28, 1990

"A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring. That disgusts me."
Jane Fonda (b. 1937)
American actress
As quoted in The Daily Mail
September 13, 1989

"The businessman is the person to whom age brings golf instead of wisdom."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Irish playwright

"When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is read the obituaries.
If my name's not in there, I shave."
George Burns (1896-1996)
American comedian

Bernard Baruch at a press conference on his ninety-fifth birthday announced that during the next year he'd learn to speak Greek fluently. A
reporter asked: "Mr. Baruch you're ninety-five years old. Why would you want to speak Greek now?" He replied: "I am ninety-five years old. It's now or never."

"Buy old masters; they fetch a much higher price than older mistresses."
Lord William Maxwell Aitken Beaverbrook (1879-1964)
British financier, statesman, and newspaper owner

"Why can't life's problems come to us at eighteen when we know everything?"
"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form."
Andre Maurois (1885-1967)
French biographer and novelist

"To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am."
Bernard Baruch (1870-1965)
American statesman and financier
Speech, November 1960, Overseas
  Press Club, New York City

"Age does not matter if the matter does not age."
Carlos Pena Romulo (1901-1985)
Philippine diplomat, educator, and former president
Speech upon retirement from the U.N.

When Somerset Maugham was recuperating from the flu an admirer called and asked, "Could I send you fruit, or would you prefer flowers?" He was eighty-eight years old. He told her, "It's too late for fruit, too early for flowers."
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
British author

When I made my debut as a twelve-year-old in Berlin, people used to say,
"Isn't he wonderful for his age?" Now they're beginning to say the same thing again.
Mischa Elman (1891-1967)
American violinist, born in Russia
On his 70th birthday

Chauncey Depew met Mary Garden, the Metropolitan Opera star who had a figure equal to her talent. Seeing her in a gown of pronounced decolletage, he asked her what keeps her dress up. She replied, "Two things: your age and my discretion."
Chauncey M. Depew (1834-1928)
American lawyer, legislator, orator

"I always wake up in the morning a young man."
Carlos Pena Romulo (1901-1985)

"I do not feel any age yet. There is no age to the spirit."
"Children are a great help. They are a comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too."
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"
Ruth Gordon (1896-1984)
American actress, playwright

"Nothing is free. Even age. Age is the fee God charges for life."
"You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing."
Marie Stopes (1880-1958)
British advocate of birth control

You know you're getting older when the candles cost more than the cake.
Bob Hope (b. 1903)
American comedian

"One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young."
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958)
American author

"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art."
Garson Kanin (b. 1912)
American author

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