In Boston, they ask How much does he know? in New York, How much is he worth?
in Philadelphia, Who were his parents? And when an alien observer turns the
telescope upon us--advertisedly in our own special interest--a natural apprehension
moves us to ask, What is the diameter of his reflector.
- "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us," 1895
You never saw a bigoted, opinionated, stubborn, narrow-minded, self-conceited almighty man in your life but he had stuck in one place ever since he was born and thought God made the world and dyspepsia and bile for his especial comfort and satisfaction.
-The American Vandal speech
But we are all that way: when we know a thing we have only scorn for other people who don't happen to know it.
- Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Quotations | Newspaper Articles | Special Features | Links | Search