"When Fortune smiles, I smile to think how quickly she will frown."
("Mary Magdalen's Funeral Tears")
"A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence."
("Vignettes of Manhattan")
"A very short one."
French supercentenarian, longest recorded human lifespan
, on the sort of future a 120-yr-old expects
"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
"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."
("The Man Who Came to Dinner")
"Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom."
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
US physician, surgeon, medal of honor recipient
("Unmasked, or the Science of Immorality, To Gentlemen by a Woman Physician and Surgeon")
"I do not participate in any sport with ambulances at the bottom of a hill."
US writer, humorist
("The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank")
"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."
("The Rutshire Chronicles")
"Who gets the bird, the hunter or the dog?"
John R. Lewis
US civil rights leader, Representative (GA)
"Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn't got money."
US entertainment business magnate
(relationship with Cher)
"A critic is someone who never actually goes to the battle, yet who afterwards comes out shooting the wounded."
("Cagney & Lacey")
"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."
"When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?"
"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."