Often, we expect too much [from a nanny]. We want someone like ourselvesbright, witty, responsible, loving, imaginative, patient, well-mannered, and cheerful. Also, we want her to be smart, but not so smart that she's going to get bored in two months and leave us to go to medical school.
(Louise Lague (20th century), U.S. editor and writer. The Working Mom's Book of Hints, Tips, and Everyday Wisdom, ch. 4 (1995).)
I thought I seen some mean little gals in my time, but you're the meanest. You want to know how I know how mean you are? 'Cause I'm mean. I'm smart and I'm mean. And you're smart and you're mean. And you never get caught and I never get caught.
(John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Leroy (Henry Jones), The Bad Seed, telling Rhoda that he's on to her (1956).)
The knocking out of a pipe can be made almost as important as the smoking of it, especially if there are nervous people in the room. A good, smart knock of a pipe against a tin wastebasket and you will have a neurasthenic out of his chair and into the window sash in no time.
(Robert Benchley (1889-1945), U.S. writer, humorist. No Poems or Around the World Backwards and Sideways, "How I Create," Harper & Brothers (1932).)
I wanted to learn to fly, not because it was the smart thing to do in the 1920s, but because I was afraid of anything that flew.... I reasoned that if I learned to fly, I might conquer my fear of it. The remedy worked.
(Joy Bright Hancock (1898-1986), U.S. naval officer. Lady in the Navy, ch. 3 (1972).
In 1925, Hancock's husband of fifteen months had died in a plane crash. Here she was explaining why she became a student pilot in the late 1920s. Later, she would become an officer in the WAVES, the U. S. Navy's women's division.)
He seems like an average type of man. He's not, like smart. I'm not trying to rag on him or anything. But he has the same mentality I haveand I'm in the eighth grade.
(Vanessa Martinez (b. c. 1978), U.S. eighth-grade student. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 17 (June 1, 1992).
Commenting on Vice-President Dan Quayle (b. 1947; Vice-President, 1989-1992) after he visited the Bret Harte Middle School in south-central Los Angeles, California. Quayle was often criticized as an unimpressive public speaker and as having mediocre intellectual ability.)