How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden? P.T. Barnum, American showman (1810 - 1891)
If all the swords in England were pointed against my head, your threats would not move me. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (1119 - 1179)
To the four knights who had come to Canterbury Cathedral to murder him.
I shall hear in heaven. Ludwig von Beethoven, German composer (1770 - 1827)
He had lost his hearing many years before his death.
No. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (1847 - 1922)
To his deaf wife who whispered ďdonít leave me,Ē Bell wrote his reply.
I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis. Humphrey Bogart, American actor (1899 - 1957)
The executioner is, I believe, very expert, and my neck is very slender. Anne Boleyn (1507 - 1536)
Now I shall go to sleep. Goodnight. Lord Byron, poet (1788 - 1824)
I am just going outside. I may be some time. Captian Lawrence Oates, explorer (1880 - 1912)
To his companions on Captain Scott's ill fated Antarctic expedition in 1912. Oates was suffering from extreme frost bite and exhaustion. In a bid to help his companions' chances of survival he got up and left the tent in which they were sheltering from a blizzard. It was his 32nd birthday.
This isn't Hamlet you know. It's not supposed to go into the bloody ear. Laurence Olivier, actor (1907 - 1989)
To his nurse, who was trying to moisten his lips with water, misaimed and squirted the moisture into ear. In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet's father was murdered by poison dripped into his ear whilst he slept.
I just had eighteen straight scotches. I think that's the record. After thirty nine years, that is all I've done. Dylan Thomas, poet (1914 - 1953)
I feel that this time they have succeeded. Leon Trotsky, Russian political thinker (1879 - 1940)
To his bodyguards just after they had failed to stop Stalinist agent Ramon Mercader from assassinating him with an ice pick in Mexico City.