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Quotes of the day: Paul Newman

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 9:24 PM EST
Jan 25 2015

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist, and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. Newman married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958, and they remained married for 50 years, until his death. He was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2014, these donations exceeded US$400 million. He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. In 1988, Paul founded the SeriousFun Children's Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since its inception. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

Building weapons that we don't need, don't work, and aren't necessary, and have no mission- that's not bad politics, that's robbery.

I am confounded at the stinginess of some institutions and some people. I'm bewildered by it. You can only put away so much stuff in your closet.

I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

I wasn't driven to acting by an inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.

Just when things look darkest, they go black.

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing, it's hard to take yourself seriously.

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.

Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.

The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: 'Holy Christ, whaddya know- I'm still around!' It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.


(January 26 is also the birthday of Douglas MacArthur.)

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Higher education...

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 25 2015

A college is a place where pebbles are polished and diamonds dimmed.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
-George Bernard Shaw

A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who attends college and graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.
-Theodore Roosevelt

A man's college and university degrees mean nothing to me until I see what he is able to do with them.
-Henry Ford

A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
-Robert M. Hutchins

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. The library is the university.
-Shelby Foote

A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
-Benjamin Disraeli

A University without students is like an ointment without a fly.
-Ed Nather

After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of the these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.
-David Sedaris

Alas, higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of higher virtue, or higher political wisdom.
-Aldous Huxley

American college students are like American colleges; each has half-dulled faculties.
-James Thurber

As the only class distinction available in a democracy, the college degree has created a caste society as rigid as ancient India's.
-Florence King

College ain't so much where you been as how you talk when you get back.
-Ossie Davis

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?
-David Wood

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
-Helen Keller

College: two hundred people reading the same book. An obvious mistake. Two hundred people can read two hundred books.
-John Cage

Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.
-Bob Dylan

Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
-Garry Trudeau

Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth. The intellectual kings of the earth have seldom been college-bred.
-Elbert Hubbard

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it's in Hamburger Technology.
-Clive James

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
-Flannery O'Connor

Higher education in America flourished chiefly as a qualification for entrance into a moneymaking profession, and not as a thing in itself.
-Stephen Leacock

I can't imagine a genuinely intelligent boy getting much out of college, even out of a good college, save it be a cynical habit of mind.
-H.L. Mencken

I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
-Philip Larkin

I learned more about economics from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years at college.
-Hubert H. Humphrey

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
-Woody Allen

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
-William F. Buckley, Jr.

If a young person has any idealism at all, it's strongest about the time he finishes college.
-Sargent Shriver

If cigarette packs are required to have pictures of diseased lungs, college brochures should be required to have pictures of graduates working at Starbucks.
-Daniel Lin

If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books.
-Stephen Leacock

If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.
-Margaret Mead

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library.
-Frank Zappa

Imagine my surprise when it turned out the main thing that I was qualified for was to get another degree and teach Political Science to other people, who would, in turn, teach it to other people! This wasn't higher education, this was Amway with a football team!
-Richard Jeni

In one century we went from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to offering remedial English in college.
-Joseph Sobran

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
-Dr. A. Lawrence Lowell

Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.
-John Perry Barlow

Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.
-E.B. White

Smoking crack is a way for people who couldn't afford college to study the works of Charles Darwin.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.
-Stephen Vizinczey

The art of handling university students is to make oneself appear, and this almost ostentatiously, to be treating them as adults...
-Arnold J. Toynbee

The boy of lively mind isn't hurt by college. If he encounters mainly jackasses, he learns the useful lesson that this is a jackass world.
-H.L. Mencken

The chief value of going to college is that it's the only way to learn it really doesn't matter.
-George Edwin Howes

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
-Robert M. Hutchins

Universities hire professors the way some men choose wives- they want the ones the others will admire.
-Morris Kline

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, 'You mean they forget?'
-Howard Ikemoto

You graduated college ten years ago, so how come there are no damn books in your house? Why are you living on the intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?
-Stephen King


(January 25 is also the birthday of W. Somerset Maugham and Virginia Woolf.)

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