"And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything."
Pierre de Fermat
, notes in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica
"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare."
"A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach."
Friedrich von Schlegel
German writer, critic
"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth."
John Singer Sargent
Italian-born US artist
"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark."
Indian spiritual leader
"You can't wait for inspirationyou have to go after it with a club."
"I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks."
Joe E. Lewis
"The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything."
(was married to Clifford Odets)
"At what point did Rhythm and Blues start becoming rock'n'roll? When the white kids started to dance to it."
"Kill the body and the head will die."
"I don't think that [children are] any more resilient than anyone else. They're just people with little bodies."
"Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I've ever done, besides trying to get laid in college."
US radio personality
(also see Robin Quivers)
"I have always admired the Esquimaux (Eskimos). One fine day a delicious meal is cooked for dear old mother, and then she goes walking away over the ice, and doesn't come back."
"The Nixon Political Principle: If two wrongs don't make a right, try three."
Dr. Laurence J. Peter
Canadian pop psychologist, writer
"I think we have to act like stars because it is expected of us. So we drive our big cars and live in our smart houses."
English singer (Bee Gees)
(was married to Lulu)