"You know, my first three or four drafts, you can see, are on legal pads in long hand. And then I go to a typewriter, and I know everybody's switching to a computer. And I'm sort of laughed at."
"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five."Robert Caro on Steven Wright
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."Robert Caro on Calvin Coolidge
"A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman."Robert Caro on Robert Frost
"Make crime pay. Become a lawyer."Robert Caro on Will Rogers
"Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens."Robert Caro on Plato
"I really wanted there to be something in my life that I enjoy just for the beauty of it."
"The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder and beauty that it brought previous generations."
"I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous man. I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political power, because democracy shapes our lives."
"I am trying to make clear through my writing something which I believe: that biography- history in general- can be literature in the deepest and highest sense of that term."
"Now, for this book I had to learn the world of the Senate, which is really for all that's written about the Senate, an unknowing world and its mores, and the way things work with subcommittees and all. I loved learning about that."