Thoughts on phones

Published: Dec 9, 2017

The only still centre of my life is Macbeth. To go back to doing this bloody, crazed, insane mass-murderer is a huge relief after trying to get my cellphone replaced.
—Patrick Stewart

Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.
—Ogden Nash

Mr Watson—Come here —I want to see you. (First intelligible words spoken over the telephone.)
—Alexander Graham Bell

Apparently we love our cellphones, but we hate everyone else’s.
—Joe Bob Briggs

To be happy in this world, first you need a cellphone and then you need an airplane. Then you’re truly wireless.
—Ted Turner

The telephone is the greatest nuisance among conveniences, the greatest convenience among nuisances.
—Robert Staughton Lynd

The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
—Fran Lebowitz

You’d be surprised how difficult it is to relinquish a cellphone.
—Adrien Brody

g_101571_john_c_mather_280x210.jpgOne of the most powerful scientific tools ever invented is the telephone.
—John C Mather

Images: Stewart: Axel Schmidt / Reuters; Brody: Regis Duvignau / Reuters; Bell: Stock Montage / Getty Images; Lebowitz: Danny Moloshok/ Reuters; Mather: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters; Turner: Phil Mccarten / Reuters

(This story appears in the 22 December, 2017 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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