I don't get cigee's one though. Please elaborate as to who said it and why. Thanks.
It has been pointed out that it is Mr. Baxter, Director General of the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre in the Moon
books, who says it, in Destination Moon
. If you can’t actually find it yourself, I’ve gone through the book, and it’s on page 31, and comes after a scream is heard by the observatory team during the test flight; they ask what the noise was, and it was the Captain, who, having lost his pipe and searched high and low (enduring several indignities as he goes), has managed to burn himself with it, because it is actually caught in the back of his overalls.
Unfortunately, as in most cases, describing a gag takes away from it…
As mentioned in another thread, Whiskers, you’ve set this all in motion without actually contributing your own favourite quote; so rather than just questioning other people’s choices, what is your own favourite dialogue?
Personally, I’m also partial to almost any of the nonsense of the detectives, but this declaration in Crystal Balls
— “Doctor Simons? …This is Thomson… No, without a ‘P’, as in Venezuela…” — reaches the sublime heights of both making sense and having no value whatsoever as information, whilst being particularly funny.