I recall…Linus Pauling on a Sunday morning reading all of the ‘funny papers’ published in the Los Angeles area. I suspect that he follows all of the comic strips published in America.
-W. H. Latimer, 1951
[In his later years] my father would go to bed after watching the news, about 6:30 or 7:00, [and] read until 9:00. When he woke up at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning he’d get up and cook his breakfast and get to work. I asked him, how did he go to sleep? And he said he’d take the cube root of some number between 8 and 27. The first digit is obviously 2….I never asked him whether he had a snazzy way or some algorithm; I’d do it by trial and error, but it doesn’t work for me.
-Peter Pauling, 1997
Usually I eat two eggs in the morning, sometimes bacon, but I happen to be lazy enough not to cook more than one thing for a meal. The last two days I was eating oxtail soup with vegetables. I don’t know what I’ll have today. Perhaps some fish. In my book [How to Live Longer and Feel Better] I say you shouldn’t eat sweet desserts, but I also quote a professor who says that this doesn’t mean that if your hostess has made this wonderful dessert you should turn it down. My wife used to say that I always looked for that hostess.
-Linus Pauling, 1987