"Explore everything; keep the best."
"All political parties die at last swallowing their own lies."
Scottish physician, scientist, mathematician
"No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth."
Dame Ellen Terry
"I hitched my wagon to an electron rather than the proverbial star."
, on investing in radio in the 1920s
"As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might."
"Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals."
"America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true."
James T. Farrell
"I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork."
Peter de Vries
"I don't think much of most of the films I made, but being a movie star was something I liked very much."
(sister of Constance Bennett)
"All culture corrupts, but French culture corrupts absolutely."
India-born English writer
"If the players were armed with guns, there wouldn't be stadiums large enough to hold the crowds."
, on US football
"Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."
(was married to Paul Newman)
"Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers."
"While you are experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things. Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin."
"If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont."
US film producer
"After college I wanted to go to Europe, but I couldn't afford it, so I went backpacking through Epcot."
"I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man."
"Barking dogs may occasionally bite, but laughing men hardly ever shoot."
"In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."
Sam I. Hayakawa
Canadian-US semanticist, senator (CA)
"You know, when I first went into the movies, Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived, I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older."
(sister of Dorothy)
"According to the Western model, pregnancy is a disease, menopause is a disease, and even getting pregnant is a disease. Dangerous drugs and devices are given to women, but not to men, just for birth control. I've reached the conclusion that, to many doctors, being a woman is a disease."
Spock: "Our association has been most unusual and fascinating. I have... enjoyed it. Live long and prosper, Leonard."
Nimoy: "I think I've already done the former, Spock. Andin no small part thanks to youI've certainly done the latter."