"Certain artists and critics attacked me for painting the ‘Woman’, but I felt that this was their problem, not mine. I don’t really feel like a non-objective painter at all… …It’s really absurd to make an image, like a human image. With paint, today, when you think about it, since we have this problem of doing it or not doing it. But then all of a sudden it was even more absurd not to do it. So I fear I have to follow my desires." - Willem de Kooning
"A human being is the best computer available to place in a spacecraft. . . It is also the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor." - Wernher von Braun, fully Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun
"For my nymphet I needed a diminutive with a lyrical lilt to it. One of the most limpid and luminous letters is L. The suffix -ita has a lot of Latin tenderness, and this I required too. Hence: Lolita. However, it should not be pronounced as you and most Americans pronounce it: Low-lee-ta, with a heavy, clammy L and a long o. No, the first syllable should be as in lollipop, the L liquid and delicate, the lee not too sharp. Spaniards and Italians pronounce it, of course, with exactly the necessary note of archness and caress. Another consideration was the welcome murmur of its source name, the fountain name: those roses and tears in Dolores. My little girl's heartrending fate had to be taken into account together with the cuteness and limpidity. Dolores also provided her with another, plainer, more familiar and infantile diminutive: Dolly, which went nicely with the surname Haze, where Irish mists blend with a German bunny—I mean, a small German hare." - Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
"There are teachers and students with square minds who are by nature meant to undergo the fascination of categories. For them, 'schools' and 'movements' are everything; by painting a group symbol on the brow of mediocrity, they condone their own incomprehension of true genius." - Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
"Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new." - Thomas J. Watson, Jr., fully Thomas John Watson, Jr.
"The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods." - Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen
"The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery" - Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen
"The superior gratification derived from the use and contemplation of costly and supposedly beautiful products is, commonly, in great measure a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty." - Thorstein Veblen, fully Thorstein Bunde Veblen, born Torsten Bunde Veblen