"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
Italian painter, sculptor
"I have already given two cousins to the war, and I stand ready to sacrifice my wife's brother."
"Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling."
Louisa May Alcott
"The term 'comics' long ago became obsolete and inaccurate. It merely defined the content of the early joke-based comical strips. 'Sequential Art' is a more accurate description of the form."
US sequential artist
"I never practice my guitar... from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat."
"If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera."
US opera conductor
"I am providing you with a copulation of answers to several questions raised..."
Marion Barry, Jr.
US mayor (Washington, DC)
"I think 'immoral' is the wrong word for [my] acts. I prefer the word 'unethical.'"
US insider trader
"Opera is for a lifetime, not just a minute."
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
New Zealand singer
"The crowd may be influenced easily, largely because it is a crowd."
"If there is another way to skin a cat, I don't want to know about it."
US comic, actor
"An unchecked ego will sooner or later be bad for business."
US basketball player
"Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied."
Pearl S. Buck
"We actors are born at the rise of a curtain, and we die with its fall, and every night in the presence of our patrons we write our new creation, and every night it is blotted out forever. What use is it then to say to our critics, 'Ah, but you should have seen me last Tuesday'?"
Micheál Mac Liammóir
English writer, actor
"When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is."
Russia-born US writer
"I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart."
(was married to Alfred Stieglitz)