When a British captive officer challenged french Navy officer Surcouf with the words “You French fight for money while we fight for honor”, Surcouf replied “Each of us fights for what he lacks most”.
One time Albert Einstein was asked “How many feet are in a mile?” and he responded saying “I don’t know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?”
A gay Vietnam veteran once said “I got a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one”.
Quentin Tarantino didn’t go to film school, and has said “When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, ‘No, I went to films’.”
A pilot was actually recorded saying “I picked a bad day to stop sniffin’ glue” shortly before his plane crashed.
After being shot in the chest, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proceeded to deliver a 90 minute speech, as scheduled. His opening comments to the gathered crowd were, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”
When Conrad, the third man on the moon, who was somewhat shorter than Neil Armstrong, stepped onto the lunar surface, his first words were “Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.” This was not an off-the-cuff remark: Conrad had made a US$500 bet with reporter Oriana Fallaci he would say these words, after she had queried whether NASA had instructed Neil Armstrong what to say as he stepped onto the Moon. Conrad later said he was never able to collect the money.
U.S. Marine Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated servicemen in American history, was a staunch critic of U.S. military endeavors, including his his own participation, saying “In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
Former Navy Secretary John Lehman stated that the F-22 is “safe from Cyber attack” because “No one in China knows how to program the ’83 vintage IBM software that runs them.”
The Beatles trip to India ended badly because the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25% of their next album’s profits in his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, “Over my dead body”.