"The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving." Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Back at Mina Saud [in Saudi Arabia], Getty galvanised the drilling operation. He toured all the wells, looked at everything, was scathing about the laxness of Aminoil's operations and administration and boosted the morale of his own men... He impressed - and sometimes terrified - everyone who crossed his path.
'Even the jellyfish seemed to get out his way when he took a swim in the Gulf,' said one of the Aminoil roughnecks. 'He was the only man I ever knew who bathed every day and never got stung once. The jellyfish wouldn't have dared - Getty would have stung them right back!' "
Russel Miller, The House of Getty, pg 205
"To me my works of art are all vividly alive. They're the embodiment of whoever created them - a mirror of their creator's hopes, dreams and, yes, frustrations too. They've led eventful lives - pampered by aristocracy and pillaged by revolution, courted with ardour and cold-bloodedly abandoned. They've been honoured by drawing-rooms and humbled by attics. So many worlds in their lifespan, yet all were transitory! What stories they could tell, what sights they must have seen! Their worlds have long since disintegrated, yet they live on - and for the most part as beautiful as ever."
J. Paul Getty
"Grandmama had been the last connection to our past. I had understood her as some referent moral authority to whom we paid no heed, but by whose judgments we measured our waywardness." E.L. Doctorow, Homer & Langley
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."
G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, 1925