Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never.
(Hans Richter (1843-1916), German conductor. Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 12, Leon Harris (1964).
spoken to the second flute in the Covent Garden orchestra; quoted by British MP J.E.S. Simon in the House of Commons, Feb. 13, 1958.)
The consolation of deaf people is to read, and sometimes to scribble.
(Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. letter, Aug. 5, 1761, to Lord Chesterfield. The Complete Works of Voltaire, vol. 107 (1972).
In which Voltaire mentions that the two men share something, "not in point of wit, but in point of ears," in their old age; full name: François Marie Arouet Voltaire.)