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Sybil's my wife, and on the first day of October,
by James Stockdale

Sybil's my wife, and on the first day of October,
that's the first time I knew Ross was going to run.
- James Stockdale

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

In order to do something you must be something.
- James Stockdale

I never had a single conversation about politics with Ross Perot in my life;
still haven't.
- James Stockdale

 

The guy that just arranges things so that the stock
market holds up is nobody in my -
in my estimation.
- James Stockdale

Yeah.
I mean, it just seemed to me that it was -
I felt so helpless to this business of not having any papers.
That seems like a throwback to a schoolboy.
- James Stockdale

I'm a grown man.
You know, I've been in a lot of scrapes,
but I never felt like I got so - there are probably
a lot of things I should have done that I didn't do.
- James Stockdale

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He's a novice, but he's had these - he's experienced
in leadership in tight circumstances.
He started - he dropped the first bomb,
led the first air strike into North Vietnam.
- James Stockdale

And we had our own laws.
I mean, I wrote them.
And we had our own customs, and traditions,
and proprieties.
- James Stockdale

So the first thing that went on was to decide...
trying to find a time when we could get reprisal raids out.
- James Stockdale

I was commanding officer of a supersonic fighter squadron,
FA Crusaders.
- James Stockdale

I think character is permanent, and issues are transient.
- James Stockdale

Half the issues they - are so polished they're talking about -
are dead by the time they get into the office,
and into the midst of their tour where they're really productive.
- James Stockdale

I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe,
or something like that that might have backfired.
This I would just take as it came.
- James Stockdale

There was nothing there but black water and American fire power.
- James Stockdale

On the eighteenth of December 1972, when we thought
we were getting another of the hundreds of little tactical air raids,
we heard the bombs going in out there in the railroad
yards and this went on for about thirty minutes.
- James Stockdale

I was tortured fifteen times, that's total submission.
They did that with shutting off your blood circulation with ropes,
giving you claustrophobia and pain at the same time,
bending you double.
- James Stockdale

This idea, as you know, that I have firm convictions
that the idea of issues being a big deal where our
mutual friend went back and he felt so strongly that
the determining factor in electoral success should be a proven character.
- James Stockdale

Well, first of all, I was asked by Ross Perot on a
telephone call in March of 1992 if,
since he had committed on the Larry King Show to becoming
a candidate for president,
to get on all 50 ballots.
- James Stockdale

We couldn't generalize on the people.
Some of them were known to be tough guys and they didn't say much,
but some of them were kind of soft-headed,
but they did that.
That was an East German film.
- James Stockdale

And so, I mean, he declared war right there and then
in so many words and Alex says later in the book,
nobody in the White House from that point on had any
doubt that we were going to bomb the mainland of Asia.
- James Stockdale

They were heading out to the middle of the bay -
the Gulf -
that's another thing that became kind of standard practice,
we didn't hurry the destroyers around the beach any more,
when it got dark, we'd take 'em out thirty or forty
miles out in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf.
- James Stockdale

But there were highs as well as lows,
it was as though they said everybody was picking on
the man who had more practical real life experiences
than the whole batch of them put together.
- James Stockdale

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

Choose a friend as thou dost a wife,
till death separate you.
- William Penn

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

A son is a son till he takes him a wife,
a daughter is a daughter all of her life.
- Irish Traditional

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage:
the wife is in charge.
- Bill Cosby

By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher
and that is a good thing for any man.
- Socrates

The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
- E. Joseph Cossman

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but
tries to be just as charming as if she weren't.
- Sacha Guitry

There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me
want to run home to be with my wife.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
- Cyril Connolly

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife;
she has thought much worse things about you.
- Jean Rostand

A man's home is his wife's castle.
- Alexander Chase

It's tough to stay married.
My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home,
and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
- Martin Luther

He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home,
and broods a nest of sorrows.
- Jeremy Taylor

I haven't reported my missing credit card to the police
because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife.
- Ilie Nastase

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy.
First, let her think she's having her own way.
And second, let her have it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.
- Oscar Wilde

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife
an electric skillet for her birthday.
- Erma Bombeck

Caesar might have married Cleopatra,
but he had a wife at home.
There's always something.
- Will Cuppy

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher...
or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
- Douglas Adams

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

When a man opens a car door for his wife,
it's either a new car or a new wife.
- Prince Philip

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when
two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife,
confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
- Homer

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope
that keeps up a wife's spirits.
- John Gay

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

My wife and I have so much fun when we travel and find anything...
like stray cats and squirrels.
- Eric Roberts

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
- Michel de Montaigne

The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

No man is truly married until he understands
every word his wife is NOT saying.
- Anonymous

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.
- James H. Boren

One man's folly is another man's wife.
- Helen Rowland

No man succeeds without a good woman behind him.
Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
- Harold MacMillan

I don't think my wife likes me very much,
when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.
- Frank Carson

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
- Lana Turner

Many a man owes his success to his first wife
and his second wife to his success.
- Jim Backus

My wife ran off with my best friend, and I sure do miss him.
- Anonymous

The man in our society is the breadwinner;
the woman has enough to do as the homemaker,
wife and mother.
- Dorothy Fields

The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife.
- David Ogilvy

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

A woman must combine the role of mother,
wife and politician.
- Emma Bonino


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