“What does it mean to say that government might have a responsibility? Government can't have a responsibility any more than the business can. The only entities which can have responsibilities are people.”
There's no such thing as a free lunch (1975), p. 247
“I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.”
As quoted in White Coat Tales : Medicine's Heroes, Heritage and Misadventures (2007) by Robert B. Taylor, p. 141
“What is both surprising and delightful is that spectators are allowed, and even expected, to join in the vocal part of the game.... There is no reason why the field should not try to put the batsman off his stroke at the critical moment by neatly timed disparagements of his wife's fidelity and his mother's respectability.”
―George Bernard Shaw
From his article "Baseball Is a Mad Game," London Evening Standard, October 1924
“Is Robert Ingersoll telling me that for twenty years I have leaned upon a reed no stronger than myself?”
“This is the year which people will talk about
This is the year which people will be silent about. The old see the young die.
The foolish see the wise die. The earth no longer produces, it devours.
The sky hurls down no rain, only iron.”
Finland 1940 [Finnland 1940] (1940), trans. Sammy McLean in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 350 - Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)
The Prince (1513). Variant translations: "for they knew that such wars cannot be avoided, only postponed to the advantage of others" ; "for you do not thus avoid war, you only postpone it"
Le Barbier de Séville (1775), Act I, Scene II
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615)
“They may torture my body, break my bones, even kill me-then they will have my dead body, not my obedience.”
As reported in: Gandhi, the Forgotten Mahatma (Mittal Publications, 1987) by Jagdish Chandra Jain, p. 9
“The difference between sex and death is, with death you can do it alone and nobody's going to make fun of you.”
Also found in Quotations According to Woody Allen from the New York Times, 1 December 1975.