"I'm a hopeless father. I don't know why. I don't think I was supposed to be a father. Just look around at my work -- they're either in jail or they should be."
--- Ryan O'Neal in Vanity Fair Sept. '09 issue
"There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel."
--- Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)
"In our age, there is no 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."
--- George Orwell "Politics and the English Language."
"High esteem doesn't improve grades, reduce anti-social behavior, deter alcohol drinking or do much of anything good for kids. In fact, telling kids how smart they are can be counterproductive. Many children who are convinced that they are little geniuses tend not to put much effort into their work. Others are troubled by the latent anxiety of adults who feel it necessary to praise them constantly....Kids lie, they inform us. In fact, 4-year-olds lie once every hour."
---- Wall Street Journal, Aug. 26, '09, review of book "NurtureShock"
(Editor's note: Quote/Unquote is compiled by Wilson of St. Louis, who remains a fan of the Houston Rockets though he moved out of Alief a long, long time ago to return to Missouri roots.)