"Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows."
George Frideric Handel
, on the "Hallelujah Chorus" of his "Messiah"
"I never truckled; I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. By God, I told them the truth."
"Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege."
William Henry Beveridge
India-born English economist
"Although he is a very poor fielder, he is a very poor hitter."
Ring Lardner, Sr.
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
"Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it."
"Zolten is a common Hungarian name, it's my wife's maiden name and most importantly, it's the name of Dracula's dog."
US comic, magician
(also see Teller)
, on his son's name
, on what someone who'd never seen her would think she looked like
"It's fun to be a woman. It's fun to flirt and wear makeup and have boobs."
"This we learn from Watergate
that almost any creep'll
be glad to help the Government
overthrow the people."
E. Y. Harburg
"Some comedians love their characters. I don't fall in love with mine. In fact, I get tired of them very fast. You have to be willing to throw it all away."
US comic actor (SNL)
"Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table."
(was married to Carole Lombard)
"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergartenhappy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."
"I hate realityI want to be wholly artificial." *
French porn star