I know that I am barely old enough to say that I was a part of the Carson era. But I do remember watching his show. It was usually on the couch at my girlfriend's house, as we were waiting for Letterman to come on. I don't remember alot about the show, because my attentions were focused on the girl... not on the TV.
Here are a few quotes of his that I found on the internet:
"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners." (I have actually heard this one before.)
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."
"The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money."
"My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day."
"People will pay more to be entertained than educated."
"Married men live longer than single men. But married men are a lot more willing to die."