"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword."
"I would not send a poor girl into the world... ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself."
(sister of Charlotte
and Emily Brontė)
("The Tenant of Wildfell Hall")
"We love the thing that shocks us and sends chills down our spine." *
German-born US director
"I am the law!"
US mayor (Jersey City, NJ)
"We never make sport of religion, politics, race, or mothers. A mother never gets hit with a custard pie. Mothers-in-lawyes. But mothersnever."
"I hear it's the Hebrew in Heaven, sir. Spanish is seldom spoken."
"In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person."
US historian, statesman
("History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the American Continent")
"In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments."
Rutherford B. Hayes
US President (19)
"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listensand then everybody disagrees." *
"I don't even know what street Canada is on."
"This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault."
Robert M. Hutchins
"I've always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings." *
Edith Starrett Green
US Rep (OR)
"The cat is the only non-gregarious domestic animal. It is retained by its extraordinary adhesion to the comforts of the house in which it is reared."
Sir Francis Galton
("The Art of Travel")
"I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork."
("The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more")
"All creatures must learn to coexist. Thats why the brown bear and the field mouse can share their lives in harmony. Or course, they cant mate or the mice would explode."
"My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective."
James Earl Jones
"The first black president will be a politician who is black."
Lawrence Douglas Wilder
US governor (VA)
"It just as easily could have gone the other way."
US baseball player
, on the Cubs' 4-4 record
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up."
"I didn't think it was going anywhere, which just shows you how wrong you can be... At the time, it seemed like the thing to do."
, on quitting the Rolling Stones in 1974
"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."
US singer, songwriter
"But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."
US comic, actor
"Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like."
("Confessions of a Capitalist")
"We worked so hard we almost stopped enjoying it."
US musician, songwriter (Bangles)
"I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor, who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was 'wonderful.'"
("A Tree Grows in Brooklyn")
"It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s."
"I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'"
US Senator and Representative (TX)
"Should I get married? Should I be good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?"
"I really wanted to be a dancer, but I ended up as an actress and I got to perform next to some of the greatest actors of our time."
"People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man does not drive, there is something wrong with him."
"I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves."
US-Icelandic chess grand master
"They glanced at one another like tigers taking measure of a menacing new rival."
"Sometimes breaking the rules is extending the rules."
("Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver")