"If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet."
"Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong."
(was married to Harold Nicolson;
mother with him of Nigel Nicolson)
"Any work of architecture that does not express serenity is a mistake."
"Slavery tolerates no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no freedom of opinion."
"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar."
Counter person at MacDonald's: "What do you want to drink?"
James Buckley: "What's your house chablis?"
US Senator (NY)
"I'm interested in music, not in my image. If someone plays something fantastic, that I could never have thought of, it makes me happy to know it exists."
"The only reason we wore sunglasses onstage was because we couldn't stand the sight of the audience."
Welsh singer, songwriter (Velvet Underground)
"Nobody could ever hear us anyway. There was always too much noise."
US singer (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
, on playing to screaming fans in the 60s
"I like the moment when I break a man's ego."
US-Icelandic chess grand master
"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
US interface designer
"You can tell a good putt by the noise it makes."
S. African golfer
"It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married."
C. Northcote Parkinson
"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities."
"You are nobody until somebody kills you."