"Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Russell Baker on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Russell Baker on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Russell Baker on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Russell Baker on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Russell Baker on Robert Frost
"In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved."
"Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about, and were."
"Those who remember Washington's cold war culture in the 1980s will recall the shocked reactions to Reagan's intervention. People interested in foreign policy were astonished when in 1985 he met alone at Geneva - alone, not a single strategic thinker at his elbow! - with the Soviet Communist master Gorbachev."
"Listen once in a while. It's amazing what you can hear."
"An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong."