"If a tree dies, plant another in its place."
Swedish botanist, zoologist
"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern."
John Dalberg Acton
"We may admire people for being wise, but we like them best when they are foolish."
Mary Russell Mitford
"Pleasure is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or the precipice."
"Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming."
J. P. McEvoy
"The American drummer is a one-man percussion orchestra."
"I've got no talent. Still sing flat as a table. I'm a sort of human spaniel. People come to see what I'm like. I make them feel, I exhaust them, I destroy them."
"Rock'n'roll was two pegs below being a prisoner of war back then."
"The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language."
Donald E. Knuth
US computer scientist
"Listening to me has ruined a lot of other singers. A lot of singers who have tried to sound like me, they sound like they're going through so much pain."
(was married to Britt Ekland,
"As jazz fans, it was amusing for us to play jazz harmonies on these big, ugly electric guitars."
US musician (Steely Dan)
"Today the biggest decisions I make aren't related to the heavyweight title. They are whether I visit McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, or Jack-in-the-Box."
US boxer, grill shill
"I would like to see all people who read pornography or have anything to do with it put in a mental hospital for observation so we could find out what we have done to them."
US porn star ("Deep Throat") turned antiporn crusader
"Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead."
"Most chick singers say 'If you hurt me, I'll die'...I say, 'if you hurt me, I'll kick your ass.'"
"I think that the indefinable space between happy and sad is the most moving and compelling place for an artist to be. If there's anything I consistently strive for, it's a melancholy limbo."
"`Who shot him?' I asked.
The grey man scratched the back of his neck and said: `Somebody with a gun.'"
(was married to Lillian Hellman)
"Youth is something very new. Twenty years ago no one mentioned it."
French designer, cosmetician
"The idea of 'Spoonful' was that it doesn't take a large quantity of anything to be good. If you have a little money when you need it, you're right there in the right spot, that'll buy you a whole lot."
US singer, guitarist
"We heard from the abortionists and we heard from the people who looked like Jacks, acted like Jills and had the odors of Johns."
US labor organizer
Peter Marshall: "A western saddle has a curved horn on the front to hold something for the cowboy. What is it?"
: "A passenger."
US comic, actor
"This job has probably got the most screwing-up potential in the world."
US press secretary