Former US Secretary of State, political scientist and Nobel prize winner Henry Kissinger quoted saying “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” He never denied saying that.
When asked what was the greatest political fact of modern times, Otto Von Bismarck (the man who unified Germany) responded that it was “the inherited and permanent fact that North America speaks English.”
“A philosopher is a person who knows less and less about more and more, until he knows nothing about everything. A scientist is a person who knows more and more about less and less, until he knows everything about nothing.” – John Ziman.
These are some of the most bold things ever said by people in or before battle:
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I’ll kill you all.”
–James Mattis to the recently defeated Iraqi military leaders.
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”
–Chesty Puller, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
“Before We’re Through With Them, the Japanese Language Will Be Spoken Only in Hell.”
–William Halsey Jr., as he surveyed the damage at Pearl Harbor.
Even though he was teenager during the Great Depression of the 1930s, John F. Kennedy said in an interview with TIME that he “didn’t really learn about the depression until [he] read about it at Harvard.”
In 1988, Texan judge Jack Hampton sentenced a man for 30 years for killing two gay men instead of life requested by the prosecutor. He justified it by stating “I put prostitutes and gays at about the same level … and I’d be hard put to give somebody life for killing a prostitute.”
Enzo Ferrari told a man “you may be able to drive a tractor but you will never be able to handle a Ferrari Properly” the man was so pissed he vowed to create the perfect car, his name, Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Alfred Hitchcock was notoriously hard on actors. He was once quoted as saying, “Actors are cattle”—a quip that stirred up a huge outcry. In response, he issued this correction: “I have been misquoted. What I really said is, ‘Actors should be treated as cattle.’”
In the London riots of 2011, the looting and vandalism which took place throughout the city was almost totally avoided by bookshops. One man said his store would probably stay open during the unrest, stating: “If they steal some books, they might actually learn something.“
When asked what his IQ was, Stephen Hawking said “I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers”.