"When I see the Ten Most Wanted lists, I always have this thought: If we'd made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now."
("When My Ship Comes In")
"The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised."
Dame Freya Madeline Stark
French-born English writer
("The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels")
"I thought I told you to wait in the car."
, greeting an ex-lover after several years
"The quality of debate [in the House of Lords] is pretty highand it is, I think, good evidence of life after death."
Rev. Donald Soper
"If those absolutely important things are ignored, of how we speciated, how we adapted to the planet, then we're going to lose something precious. There won't be anywhere to go and no place to come home to."
"Are you looking for a Negro who won't fight back?"
US baseball player
, on being recruited as the first professional black player
"For me it was like I was an old car and I was being taken out for a ride at one hundred mph; and I kind of liked it, because I was really getting rid of a lot of rust."
("The Naked and the Dead")
, on attending a Ramones concert
"We've come a long way, but it's like nibbling at the edge of darkness."
Benjamin L. Hooks
US jurist, minister
"I don't sit around and wait for great parts. I'm an actress, and I love being one, and I'll probably be doing it till I'm 72, standing around the backlot doing 'Gunsmokes.'"
, died 12 days short of 72
"We don't have to protect the environment, the Second Coming is at hand."
James G. Watt
US Secretary of Interior
"Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision."
"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."
A. A. Milne
"People go 'You look a lot like Minnie Driver.' Once I said, 'Thanks, Minnie is a great actress.' But, it blew up in my face. This person said, 'Nah, didn't like the last movie she did.'"
"You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don't think you are gay. It's enough to drive you crazy."
Portia de Rossi
(married to Ellen DeGeneres)
"I personally prefer a nice frozen TV Dinner at home, mainly because it's so little trouble. All you have to do is have another drink while you're throwing it in the garbage."
US comic, writer
("My Brother was an Only Child")
"Trouble rather the tiger in his lair than the sage amongst his books. For to you Kingdoms and their armies are things mighty and enduring, but to him they are but toys of the moment, to be overturned by the flicking of a finger..."
Gordon R. Dickson
"In Texas, we do not hold high expectations for the governor's office; it's mostly been occupied by crooks, dorks and the comatose."
("Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights")
"Now, children, go to sleep. I don't want you to worry when you hear the creaking on the stairs. The ghost promised he wouldn't show up tonight."
Mary Higgins Clark
("A Stranger Is Watching")