Russell Baker Quotes

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Americans like fat books and thin women.
— Russell Baker

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In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.


Misery no longer loves company; nowadays it insists on it.
— Russell Baker


The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.

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When it comes to cars, only two varieties of people are possible - cowards and fools.
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When you're the only pea in the pod, your parents are likely to get you confused with the Hope Diamond.
Stay away from all movements, faiths, philosophies, and people who threaten to help you find happiness.


Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
— Russell Baker

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Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.


Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity there is no parent left to tell them.


What Einstein was to physics, what Babe Ruth was to home runs, what Emily Post was to table manners—that's what Edward G. Robinson was to dying like a dirty rat.


A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.

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All politicians are humble, and seldom let you forget it. They go around the country boasting about their humility. They are proud of their humility. Many are downright arrogant about their humility and insist that it qualifies them to be President.

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