"If a faithful account was rendered of Man's ideas upon Divinity, he would be obliged to acknowledge, that for the most part the word 'gods' has been used to express the concealed, remote, unknown causes of the effects he witnessed; that he applies this term when the spring of the natural, the source of known causes, ceases to be visible: as soon as he loses the thread of these causes, or as soon as his mind can no longer follow the chain, he solves the difficulty, terminates his research, by ascribing it to his gods... When, therefore, he ascribes to his gods the production of some phenomenon... does he, in fact, do any thing more than substitute for the darkness of his own mind, a sound to which he has been accustomed to listen with reverential awe?"
Paul Heinrich Dietrich d'Holbach
("The System of Nature")
"I like liquorits taste and its effectsand that is just the reason why I never drink it."
US Confederate General
"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting." *
"My dream is to save women from nature."
French fashion designer
"Whenever the cause of the people is entrusted to professors, it is lost."
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
Russian political leader
"Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect."
English comic actor
"The easy life is not the best life, after all."
"One of my real goals was to hear someone whistling a song I'd written."
US singer, songwriter, actor
"The last time I saw anything like this I was playing for Tastee Freeze in the Little League." *
US pitcher (Astros)
, on being behind by 14 runs in the first inning
"I can whistle through my fingers, bulldog a steer, light a fire with two sticks, shoot a pistol with fair accuracy, set type, and teach school..."
"I wanted to save the world. I still do. But half the time I'm still trying to save myself first."
US singer, songwriter
"I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around."
("Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapés")
"Success has gone to my stomach."
English writer, director
"Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down."