LIGHTPIE, it becomes even more confusing. The larger quote (attributed to F Scott Fitzgerald) reads: "But scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all. Or else eleven bought iron men and 3,000 ninnies. God preserve you from that vacuum factory."
Here's another surreal quote I learned in childhood that I don't really understand: "Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni."
joseph k, ne'er-do-well extraordinaire