I am not one of those people that immediately quotes others to prove a point in an argument. Just because someone said something does not necessarily make it right, with the possible exception of Benjamin Franklin. But there are many times when people are funny, witty or insightful. These are quotes, I feel, that fall into one of those categories.



“I only have trouble with fly balls.”
–Carmelo Martinez, outfielder

“I won't play for a penny less than fifteen hundred.”
–Honus Wagner, refusing a $2,000 salary offer

“Show me a good loser in professional sports and I'll show you an idiot. Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.”
–Leo Durocher

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
–Joe Namath


Historical Figures

“If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.”
– Prince Otto von Bismarck

“If I owned Texas and hell, I would rent out Texas and live in hell.”
– General Philip Sheridan

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”
– Patrick Henry, in his speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses, March 23, 1775



“What is time? Swiss manufacture it. . . French horde it. . . Italians want it. . . Americans say it is money. . . Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.”
–Peter Lorre in Beat the Devil

“Alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.”
–Eve Arden in Mildred Pierce

“Men don't get smarter when they get older. They just lose their hair.”
–Claudette Colbert in The Palm Beach Story

“In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love–they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
–Orson Welles in The Third Man

“I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me, and those are things that no men or women ought to feel.”
–Robert Donat in The 39 Steps

“I've had hell inside of me, and I can spot it in others.”
–Lee Marvin in The Iceman Cometh

“You know, Rick, I have many friends in Casablanca. But somehow, just because you despise me, you're the only one I trust.”
–Peter Lorre to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

“What on earth brought you to Casablanca?”
“My health. . .I came to Casablanca for the waters.”
“But this is the desert.”
“I was misinformed.”
–Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

“Good and evil are so close they are chained together in the soul.”
–Spencer Tracy in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

“He hasn't an enemy in the world. Only his friends hate him.”
–Gene Kelly in Inherit the Wind

“Badges, we ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you no stinkin' badges!”
–Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of Sierra Madre

“I don't mind if you don't like my manners. I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.”
–Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep



“Well, I try my best to be just like I am, But everybody wants you to be just like them. They say 'sing while you slave' and I just get bored.”
–Bob Dylan

“I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings And I've never been too impressed.”
–Bob Dylan