Bergen Evans (1904 – 1978), U.S. lexicographer and educator. Evans was an English professor who became the master of ceremonies for the $64,000 Question and wrote Word A Day Vocabulary Builder (1963). He also wrote Dictionary of Quotations, a quote book annotated with witty and illustrative comments on the quotes by Evans, himself.
- [Thanatopsis] was written in 1817, when Bryant was 23. Had he died then, the world would have thought it had lost a great poet. But he lived on.
- Dictionary of Quotations
- Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
- The Natural History of Nonsense XIX
- We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.
- The Natural History of Nonsense
- Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues ... A cultured college president has become as much a rarity as a literate newspaper publisher. A financier interested in economics is as exceptional as a labor leader interested in the labor movement. For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they [only] marshal us in the way that we are going.
- A man who won't lie to a woman has very little consideration for her feelings.
- Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
- There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led.
- There is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.
- Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning.
- Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be.