Babe Ruth: “May That Divine Spirit That Animated BABE RUTH to Win the Crucial Game of Life Inspire the Youth of America”
Benjamin Franklin: “The Body of B. Franklin, printer. Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stripped of its Lettering & guilding, Lies here food for worms. For, it will as he believed appear once more, In a new and more elegant edition, Corrected and improved by the Author.” Pictured in a 19th century engraving: Franklin, left, stands with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman, the committee chosen to draft a declaration of independence for the 13 North American British colonies.
Bette Davis: “She did it the hard way”
Billy Wilder: “I’m a writer but then nobody’s perfect.” “Nobody’s perfect” is the final line of the movie “Some Like It Hot,” which he directed.)
Dean Martin: “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime,” title of one of his songs.
Frank Sinatra: “The best is yet to come,” title of one of his trademark songs.
H.G. Wells: “I told you so, you damned fools.”
Jackie Gleason: “And away we go!” (Trademark catchphrase from his television shows.)
JOHN ROONEYAP 1956
‘Curly’ Joe DeRita: “The Last Stooge” (He was the last surviving member of The Three Stooges.) Pictured left with Moe Howard, center, and Larry Fine in "Have Rocket, Will Travel."
Ed WiddisAP 1959
John Wayne: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
CARL NESENSOHNAP 1955
Kurt Vonnegut: “The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music”
Marty ReichenthalAP 1979
Leslie Nielsen: “Let ‘er rip”
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Mel Blanc: “That’s all folks” (Trademark line of cartoon character Porky Pig, whose voice was provided by Blanc for many years.) Pictured with George Burns, center, and Gracie Allen, left, as Blanc, playing Postman Blane during the radio broadcast of "The Burns and Allen Show."
Merv Griffin: “I will not be right back after this message” (He ended the final episode of his talk show, which ended in 1986, with these words.)
Martin Luther King Jr.: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free At Last,” which are lyrics of an old African American Spiritual he frequently quoted.
Henry BurroughsAP 1957
Edgar Allan Poe: “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore’”
Robert Frost: “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”
Rodney Dangerfield: “There goes the neighborhood”
CHRIS PIZZELLOAP 1997
Studs Terkel: “Curiosity did not kill this cat”
Fred JewellAP 1985
Will Rogers: “If you live life right death is a joke as far as fear is concerned”