"A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."
US founding father
"Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance."
("La Scienza Nuova (The New Science)")
"I won't change a thing in his portrait. Is it my fault if Moore looks like a squashed egg yolk and if his face is all lopsided? Anyway, the same applies to everybody's face... There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other, there's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth."
("A Bar at the Folies-Bergère")
, on his portrait of George Augustus Moore
(Monet is here)
"The mountain sheep are sweeter,
but the valley sheep are fatter;
we therefore deem it meeter
to carry off the latter."
Thomas Love Peacock
"Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise."
("O Little Town of Bethlehem")
"There is currently a formula for success in the entertainment medium, that is: beat it to death if it succeeds."
US TV pioneer
("Mack the Knife")
"That nonchalant attempt of Eve's
to fashion garments from leaves
was not, as you have heard, inspired
by shame at being unattired." *
Mrs. Harry St. Clair Zogbaum
"I run; I am a coward at heart. I swear, when I smell violence or aggression the coward comes out in me. I have no desire to fight anybody except myself."
"We ask for nothing that is not right, and herein lies the great power of our demand."
US actor, singer, activist
("The Emperor Jones")
"Between religion's 'this is' and poetry's 'but suppose this is,' there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity."
("Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays")
"I was impressed with the potential positive relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, so I chose an elderly character."
"Today I have a strong desire to photograph women clothed from head to foot with hardly an inch of flesh. It will be a challenge to work under such restraints."
"I can't die. It would ruin my image."
US exercise maven
"Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening."
US radio and TV host