A day is an empty package for each of us to fill as he or she sees fit.
We learn much from the days of our lives, and can visualize ourselves as living calendars.
If you have decided — along with me — to grow old, arm yourself with humor.
I think of my own life as a nice, comfortable car that I have driven for a long time.
To me any halo is a better hat than most I have yet worn.
To be an acceptable rake requires both historical knowledge and a measure of courage, for one must have the guts to step completely out of line from most of his compatriots.
The subject of music has inspired many diverse and fascinating quotes from many diverse and fascinating people.
Napoleon said, “Music, of all the liberal arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and it is that art to which the legislator ought to bestow greatest encouragement.”
Fairness was not an “unattainable ideal” to Mark Twain.
To Twain, fairness was the inevitable conclusion of simple down-to-earth logic. Fairness works, i.e. it best satisfies all concerned.
All the people who run this country, both Democrats and Republicans, say we are broke!
We can’t afford to help our own veterans, seniors, orphans, children, etc. But over the last several years politicians have directed cash aid in billions and billions of dollars abroad.
I have confessed my unworthiness to b.w. a thousand times — but to no avail.
Years can go by in which a deeply troubled psyche stubbornly manifests itself in the gaudy guise of felicity.
Whatever concept of God you have, if you have been around the world a bit, you’ll recognize that America is a blessed piece of real estate.
Once our forebears had started governing themselves in Virginia, Massachusetts, etc., people in the countries they had left began to compare their lives with ours, and theirs were often found wanting.
I believe that the United States is a morally good nation that wishes to have no enemies at all.
This is much like a very good-natured friendly dog who wishes to have no fleas, but attracts them whenever he walks out the door.
Taking sides on issues, and acting on convictions, is as American as bagels, turnip greens, chili, and pizza.
Nowadays most of us confront things, which we want neither to espouse nor to oppose. “How do you feel about...?”
Every voice speaking on radio or TV about President Obama these days says that his administration is the nadir of all within memory.
He is an easy man to like, but a hard man to admire for the job he has done to date.
The long-term effects of football’s head injuries become ever more evident.
Football is a game I played, and is a game I love, but I remember receiving a blow to my head in a night game once, that knocked me out for several minutes.
I’ve always remembered the English as our enemies in the Revolution — and I never forgot 1812 either.
Having English blood may help me appreciate English literature, but likely has acquainted me also with England’s peculiarities.
When I was young, many people had a fascinating hatred for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Even as a kid, I was highly skeptical of Roosevelt, who seemed to me to be the great promiser of “something for nothing.”
My whole life I have been getting people to pay me to do things I love to do, so that I wouldn’t ever have to work for a living.
As an opera singer, after the final curtain fell, I left tragic plots in an ash can on the way back to real life.