"Her feet beneath her petticoat
Like little mice stole in and out,
As if they feared the light;
But oh, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day
Is half so fine a sight."
Sir John Suckling
English writer; also invented Cribbage
("Ballade upon a Wedding")
"Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post." *
Lord Charles Beresford
, Telegram to the Prince of Wales, declining a summons to dine
"Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible."
Frank Moore Colby
US encyclopedia editor and essayist
"My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias."
William Allen White
("The Real Issue: A Book of Kansas Stories")
(same dates as Jimmy Durante)
"That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it."
"Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos."
English comic, actor
("The Time of My Life: Entertaining the Troops")
"We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition."
Dr. Alex Comfort
US pop psychologist, writer
("The Joy of Sex")
"I totally and completely admit, with no qualms at all, my egomania, my selfishness, coupled with a really magnificent voice."
Convicted Criminal: "As God is my judge, I am innocent.
Lord Birkett: He isn't; I am, and you're not!"
"It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow."
US composer, producer, entrepreneur
(was married to Fanny Brice)
"I thank you for this award, though I think there may be a problem with a world in which making small, human, and humorous films is 'an achievement.' It should be the norm."
, on accepting Director of the Year award for "Sideways" at the Palm Springs film fest
(was married to Sandra Oh)
"It's really fun to act like a bimbo. But it's fun to act like a bimbo only when people know that you really aren't one."
(daughter of Diane Ladd and
"You can't teach without learning. The first thing you have to do when you start teaching is to organize what you know. In the course of organizing what you know into a coherent body, you discover that you know a lot more than you thought you thought you did."
Dave Van Ronk
US singer, songwriter
("Hang me, Oh Hang Me")