- Jim Thorpe
(after being congratulated by the king of Sweden for being the greatest athlete in the world)
"The heavens opened up and it rained fire."
- Mrs. John Tolerton Bagnall, a survivor of the Great Fire of '71
"Do right and risk the consequences."
- Sam Houston
"I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results."
- Alfred Nobel
" I call upon the people of the United States to observe [Thanksgiving] by offering to God our devout gratitude for His goodness to us and to our fellow men."
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Always make your opponent think you know more than you really know."
- General Philip Sheridan
"After you've decided to lie, it's very hard to tell the truth."
- Jewish former Wehrmacht officer and German chancellor Helmut Schmidt
"It is easier to build strong children than to rebuild broken men."
- Frederick Douglass
"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide."
- Andrew Johnson
"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."
- Abraham Lincoln
"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction.
Fiction has to make sense."
- Mark Twain
"I am responsible only to God and history."
- Francisco Franco
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities;
an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
- Harry S. Truman