"Come, for my part I will have only those glorious, manly pleasures of being very drunk, and very slovenly."
("The Country Wife")
"Could we see when and where we would meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye."
("A Dog of Flanders")
"The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology."
Sir James George Frazer
("The Golden Bough")
"The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair."
J. Edgar Hoover
US FBI head
"Everybody likes to go to Geneva. I used to do it for the Law of the Sea conferences and you'd find those potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva."
Ernest F. Hollings
US Senator (SC)
"A newspaper is of necessity something of a monopoly, and its first duty is to shun the temptations of monopoly. Its primary office is the gathering of news. At the peril of its soul it must see that the supply is not tainted. Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation must the unclouded face of truth suffer wrong. Comment is free, but facts are sacred."
C. P. Scott
"Reading isn't an occupation we encourage among police officers. We try to keep the paperwork down to a minimum."
"I didn't *accept* it; I *received* it."
Richard V. Allen
US politician, advisor to Reagan
, on a questionable gift watch
"He probably scared the sh*t out of his mother, too."
US rock'n'roll wife and mother
(was married to Frank Zappa)
"I don't write novels about women named Sapphire who have beautiful manes and turquoise eyes... and if they work it's as an executive in an international cosmetics company. I write about women who worry about their careers, their lovers and their thighs."
("The First Wives Club")
"You hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!' You never hear a real American talk like that."
US mayor (Jersey City, NJ)
"An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public."
French singer, actor
"Television is very tiring."
"I've heard or read about actors being asked the immortal question 'Why have you never married?' They answer with the immortal excuse 'I just haven't found the right girl.' Because I'm on the hefty side, no one's asked me yet. If they do, that's the answer I'll give. After all, if it was good enough for Monty Clift or Sal Mineo..."
"Some day, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which reads, 'Information'; for in most cases, the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it."
Grace Murray Hopper
US programmer, inventor of COBOL
"I'm 86 and my doctor used to tell me to slow downat least he did until he dropped dead."
"It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them."
"I'd like to write some songs that are so good that nobody understands them. Not even myself."
Townes Van Zandt
US singer songwriter
"I have 30 seconds to tell you I have been waiting 60 years to get on this stage."
, accepting Emmy Award in 1995
"Of my two 'handicaps,' being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black."
US Rep (NY)
"You will not be able to tell that they are capable of greatness until you provide them with a packed house, a 3-and-2 count and the game is on the line."
US Governor (NY), presidential contender