"Clemency is also a revolutionary measure."
French journalist, politician
("La France Libre")
"It is quite unlawful to demand, defend, or to grant unconditional freedom of thought, or speech, of writing or worship, as if these were so many rights given by nature to man."
Pope Leo XIII
Italian religious leader
"Russia has two generals in whom she can confideGenerals Janvier and Fevrier [January and February]."
Tsar Nicholas I
"You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it."
John Jay Chapman
("A Sausage from Bologna: A Comedy in Four Acts")
"I dislike censorship. Like an appendix it is useless when inert and dangerous when active." *
"Failure is the most terrible thing in our business. When we fail, the whole world knows about it."
Cuban-US actor, musician
("I Love Lucy")
(was married to Lucille Ball)
"As when some carcass, hidden in sequestered nook, draws from every near and distant point myriads of discordant vultures, so drew these little flakes of gold the voracious sons of men."
Hubert Howe Bancroft
"America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society. It is unrealistic for the rest of the world to reach the American living standard."
Russian Secretary General
"Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties."
("The World According to Garp")
"It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash."
Canadian artist, writer
("Odds and Ends")
"A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent."
Logan Pearsall Smith
("Words and Idioms")
"I try to sit down and write a Rory Gallagher song, which generally happens to be quite bluesy. I try to find different issues, different themes and different topics that haven't been covered before...I've done songs in all the different styles...train blues, drinking blues, economic blues. But I try to find a slightly different angle on all these things. The music can be very traditional, but you can sort of creep into the future with the lyrics.."
"The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just... normal people."
"I thought, 'Well, you know it will only last 13 weeks. That'll be fun.'"
US comic actor (SNL)
, on starting at SNL
"If you wanted to torture me, you'd tie me down and force me to watch our first five videos."
Jon Bon Jovi
US singer, actor
"My parents are both redheads, so they knew I was going to be a redhead. They just thought Bryce Canyon was very strong and it was red. And they thought it was beautiful. So they named me Bryce. And Dallas is where I was conceived. My parents are hippies."
Bryce Dallas Howard
(daughter of Ron Howard)
"Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it."
Philip K. Dick
"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive."
Henry Steele Commager
("The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s")
"I've always been a kind personbut you knowit's very seldom a day pass when I don't cry about something. I tell youI'm a news freakbut watching the news'll bring tears to your eyes. All the conflict out there. The whole world is bleeding. Somebody needs to put a bandaidsome way to stop the blood."
US singer, songwriter, Twister
"It is a remarkably beautiful piece of home furnishing, the Oscar. I used to keep it up in front of a mirror so that it looked like two."