"When Fortune smiles, I smile to think how quickly she will frown."
"Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it we must direct our lives in such a way as to please the fancy of men, avoiding what they dislike and seeking what is pleasing to them."
"A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence."
"A very short one."
French supercentenarian, longest recorded human lifespan
, on the sort of future a 120-yr-old expects
"The little I know I owe to my ignorance."
"Sometimes it is impossible to deal with her, but most of the time she is very sweet, and if you caress her properly she will sing beautifully."
, on the guitar
"What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?"
French-born US diarist
"If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don't raise your hands because I am also nearsighted."
W. H. Auden
"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do." *
"They nicknamed me the Oomph Girl, and I loathe that nickname! Just being known by a nickname indicates that you're not thought of as a true actress... It's just crap! If you call an actress by her looks or a reaction, then that's all she'll ever be thought of as."
"Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom."
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
US physician, surgeon, medal of honor recipient
"I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of a hill."
US writer, humorist
"How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?"
"Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power."
US Senator, Representative (TX)
"The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things."
"Who gets the bird, the hunter or the dog?"
John R. Lewis
US civil rights leader, Representative (GA)
"A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded."
"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."
"The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you."
David Foster Wallace
"When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?"
"Early in life I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise."
US spiritual leader
"I just accepted them as a great accessory to every outfit."
Jennifer Love Hewitt
, on her breasts
"Judging people you don't know for things you don't understand is just really stupid."
"Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?"
Dame Margot Fonteyn
"I've got black friends. I employ black people. I don't employ them because they are black; I employ them because they are the best people who applied for the cotton-picking job."
US racist Governor (AZ)
"I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right."