"Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: 'It's four o'clock. At five I have my abyss'..."
"When I was young, I used to have successes with women because I was young. Now I have successes with women because I am old. Middle age was the hardest part."
"Imagine the ball has little legs, and chop them off."
Sir Henry Cotton
"Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you."
"Broadmindedness is the result of flattening highmindedness out."
("A Primer of French Literature")
"Literature is mostly about having sex, and not much about having babies; life is the other way round."
"It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that."
"We shouldn't be putting people on the court that share our policy preferences. We should be putting people on the court who want to apply the Constitution."
Amy Coney Barrett
US Supreme Court justice
, in 2016
"I believe aliens are real. I used to go hunting for them, three or four years ago. I'd get back late from a tour and couldn't go to sleep. I'd go out in my car with friends late at night in the middle of Florida and look for UFOs."
US singer (Backstreet Boys)
"If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent."
"I have a box of papers at home of [my own press coverage]. When I'm sixty, maybe, I'll look at my pile of papers and wonder, 'What really happened that year?'"
US astronaut, teacher
"Compared to what they were, rock concerts now are like business meetings."
US musician (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship)
(partner and bandmate of Grace Slick)
"The moment anyone tries to demean or degrade you in any way, you have to know how great you are. Nobody would bother to beat you down if you were not a threat."
(was married to Miles Davis)