Mrs. Susan Hart Neville: "Oh, Mr. President, it is so good of you to call on me. Won't you please walk into the parlor and sit down?" President Wilson: "I haven't time to sit down. Your house is on fire."
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Cary T. Grayson, Woodrow Wilson: an Intimate Memoir, pp. 31-32.
Wilson was vacationing in Pass Christian, Mississippi, when, passing in his automobile, he saw flames emerging from a roof. He later wrote Mrs. Neville, "I shall never cease to be gratified that our machine passed so opportunely."