"Learning is the dictionary, but sense the grammar, of science."
"There once was an old man of Lyme
who married three wives at a time
when asked, 'Why a third?'
he replied 'One's absurd!
and bigamy, sir, is a crime!'"
William Cosmo Monkhouse
"How horrible, fantastic, incredible, it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing."
English PM (40)
"Great fleas have little fleas
upon their backs to bite 'em;
and little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so ad infinitum."
Augustus de Morgan
, on the invention of the microscope, referencing Swift
"You can never lose anything that really belongs to you, and you can't keep that which belongs to someone else."
"A few, a few, too few for drums and yells,
May creep back, silent, to still village wells
Up half-known roads."
English soldier, writer
"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world."
"I don't think I'd ever get anything more than a very small role. 'The Prince of the Cameos,' they might call me."
"A healthy adult male bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience."
"If you're not confused, you're not paying attention."
"Cinema never saved anyone's life, it is not a medicine that will save anyone's life. It is only an aspirin."
(was married to Milla Jovovich)
"You know you're drunk when you think that the cab fare is the time."
"Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness."
"Modern man thinks he loses somethingtimewhen he does not do things quickly; yet he does not know what to do with the time he gainsexcept kill it."
(died near his birthday)
"One's fantasy goes for a walk and returns with a bride."
"I would sing the blues if I had the blues."
US singer, songwriter, guitarist