"Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth."
"That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell."
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Italian religious scholar
"Man should stop fighting among themselves and start fighting insects."
"I'm no lady; I'm a member of Congress, and I'll proceed on that basis."
US congressperson (NJ)
"If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely."
Sir Arthur Helps
"Bryant Gumbel's ego has applied for statehood. And if it's accepted, it will be the fifth-largest."
US TV person
"Ah, great it is to believe the dream
as we stand in youth by the starry stream;
but a greater thing is to fight life through
and say at the end, the dream is true!"
"I take him shopping with me. I say, 'OK, Jesus, help me find a bargain.'"
Tammy Faye Bakker
US trailer trash, charlatan, televangelist
(was married to Jim Bakker)
"'Dying for an idea,' again, sounds well enough, but why not let the idea die instead of you?"
"Real poverty is the loss of imagination."
US opera singer
"If I had been the Virgin Mary, I would have said 'No.'"
"It's a toss-up whether the scenery or the adornment of Marilyn Monroe is the feature of greater attraction in River of No Return. The mountainous scenery is spectacular, but so in her own way is Miss Monroe."
"I keep seeing lousy films and saying to myself, 'I don't know anything about moviemaking, but I couldn't do any worse than this'."