"An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog."
Friedrich von Schlegel
German writer, critic
"Preach in the name of God. The learned will smile; ask the learned what they have done for their country. The priests will excommunicate you."
"They were torn between two fires." *
John H. Dent
US Representative (PA)
"Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural."
("Romance and Reality")
"Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written."
"Violence is my last option."
US kickboxer, actor
"I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust 'em."
US basketball coach
"A comparison between Madonna and me is a comparison between a strapless evening gown and a gownless evening strap."
Canadian PM (19)
"It's hard to believe that you're really here, so I just pretend that you're not here."
US singer, songwriter
(married to Paul Simon)
"I definitely have a sexual ego thing. But if I'm suggestive, it's in a nice way. Luckily, no one's ever been hurt... a few girls have passed out, that's all."
English singer, ugh
(brother of the Bee Gees;
died near his birthday)
"I am very flattered people recognize I had something to do with the development of interest in the underwater world."
(father of Beau and
, on his role in the "Sea Hunt" TV series
"My mother never saw the irony of calling me a son of a bitch."
"In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game."
("Hotel du Lac")