I recently saw an e-mail with this quote at the bottom:
“Integrity means doing the right thing even when it’s not convenient.”
— US Airways Capt. C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger
Solid quote, from a guy who probably knows what he’s talking about. But Capt. Sullenberger is famous not for being a rich vein for one-a-day-calendars, but for landing a plane safely in the Hudson. And you can be sure while he was doing that, he wasn’t sprouting wise maxims. It was probably a combination of technical pilot-speak and swear words.
I’d like to see a compilation of famous people’s quotes uttered while they were doing the thing that made them famous. Some guesses that come to mind:
“Well fuck me.”
— Bill Buckner
“I wonder if that was even worth the flight to Berlin.”
— Neville Chamberlain
“I hope to high heaven those Prussian bastards show up on time.”
— Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
“[humming while tapping a pencil]”
— Albert Einstein
“Fuck shit fuck I’m going to kill ever goddamn bird in New York.”
— US A Airways Capt. C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger
I’d buy that calendar.