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).)