— Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997
— Ze Frank American online performance artist 1972
Context: This is Ze Frank, thinking so you don't have to. (Standard sign-off for "The Show"; varies at times).
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
His collected works contain no riddle about dog legs, but George W. Julian recounts Lincoln using a similar story about a calf in Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by distinguished men of his time (1909), p. 241: ""There are strong reasons for saying that he doubted his right to emancipate under the war power, and he doubtless meant what he said when he compared an Executive order to that effect to 'the Pope’s Bull against the comet.' In discussing the question, he used to liken the case to that of the boy who, when asked how many legs his calf would have if he called its tail a leg, replied, 'Five,' to which the prompt response was made that calling the tail a leg would not make it a leg."" A very similar riddle about cow legs was also circulated by Edward Josiah Stearns' Notes on Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853), p. 46: '""Father,"" said one of the rising generation to his paternal progenitor, ""if I should call this cow's tail a leg, how many legs would she have?"" ""Why five, to be sure."" ""Why, no, father; would calling it a leg make it one?""'
— Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870
Context: You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage. Say just what you mean to do on every occasion, and take it for granted you mean to do right … Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one; the man who requires you to do so, is dearly purchased at a sacrifice. Deal kindly, but firmly with all your classmates; you will find it the policy which wears best. Above all do not appear to others what you are not. As quoted in Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography (1986) by Robert A. Caro and William Knowlton Zinsser. Also quoted in Truman by David McCullough (1992), p. 44, New York: Simon & Schuster.-
„I do now forgive you, deliver you from all fines and imprisonments, fully release you, set you at liberty, and every way make you as frank and free as ever you were before.“
— Francois Rabelais major French Renaissance writer 1494 - 1553
Context: Time, which gnaws and diminisheth all things else, augments and increaseth benefits; because a noble action of liberality, done to a man of reason, doth grow continually by his generous thinking of it and remembering it. Being unwilling therefore any way to degenerate from the hereditary mildness and clemency of my parents, I do now forgive you, deliver you from all fines and imprisonments, fully release you, set you at liberty, and every way make you as frank and free as ever you were before. Chapter 50 : Gargantua's speech to the vanquished.
„This song is dedicated to Frank Zappa, and River Phoenix, Fred Gwynne who played Herman Munster, Dixie Lee Ray, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neil, and you, dumb ass, who just threw water on me.“
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
1994-01-07 at Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington
— Marcus Annaeus Seneca Roman scholar -54 - 39 pred n. l.
Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae, bk. 12, ch. 2, sect. 13; translation from Riad Aziz Kassis The Book of Proverbs and Arabic Proverbial Works (Leiden: Brill, 1999) p. 159.
„Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.“
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
Private comment, as quoted in Name-Dropping (1999) by John Kenneth Galbraith, p. 149. <!-- London: Aurum Press -->
„That's the way it is when you love. It makes you suffer, and I have suffered much in the years since. But it matters little that you suffer, so long as you feel alive with a sense of the close bond that connects all living things, so long as love does not die!“
— Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
— Clarence Darrow American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union 1857 - 1938
Context: Do you, good people, believe that Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden and that they were forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge? I do. The church has always been afraid of that tree. It still is afraid of knowledge. Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man. I'm not worried about my soul. In a debate with religious leaders in Kansas City, as quoted in a eulogy for Darrow by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1938)
— Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven