"It is rare to find learned men who are clean, do not stink, and have a sense of humour."
Baron de Montesquieu
"Every man's life, liberty, and property are in danger when the Legislature is in session."
"Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
Alas, Time stays, we go."
"Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset."
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
"No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted." *
German physicist's spouse and cousin
(married to Albert Einstein)
"The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbeliefcall it what you willthan all of the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle, and golf course."
A. A. Milne
English writer (Winnie the Pooh, etc.)
"The world is full of Laurel and Hardys. I saw them all the time as a boy at my mother's hotel. There's always the dumb, dumb guy, who never has anything bad happen to him, and the smart guy who's even dumber than the dumb guy, only he doesn't know it."
(also see Stan Laurel)
"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."
(was married to Dyan Cannon)
"The world is made up of people who never quite get into the first team, and who just miss the prizes at the flower show."
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
"Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
, on Australian Liberal leader John Hewson
"Pictures are much harder to do than the theater. You're at the mercy of the camera angles and the piecemeal technique."
"Being a celebrity is probably the closest to being a beautiful woman as you can get."
"If you're still acting when you're old, there's something wrong with you."
English actor and singer
"You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they're both on firethey're exactly alike."
"Life is easier than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable."
"Why should you feel remorse, regret,
For what was beautiful to me,
As uncommanded as the sea?
The winds blew and the waters sang
All summer: now that summer’s done
I can remember still the sun
That lay upon the mountain grass,
And all the beauty that there was
Only remember what was fair,
And what was wild and innocent;
The rest is blown upon the air."
(was married to Gerald Brenan)
"That's a good question. Let me try to evade you."
US senator (MA), presidential candidate
"Hey, I didn't make a big deal out of Hotel California. The 18 million people that bought it did."
US singer, songwriter, guitarist (Eagles)
"Many have changed so much that they have lost the magic of the dream that carried them on their own bootstraps."
S. African writer