"The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable."
English architect, writer
"If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find."
J. Churton Collins
English literary critic
"My inclination to go by Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will make them more careful in the immediate future."
A. E. Housman
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes."
"How can I possibly dislike a sex to which Your Majesty belongs?"
, on Queen Victoria's suggestion that he disliked women
"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
"What is to give light must endure burning."
"Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is."
"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
"The function of pop music is to be consumed."
French composer, conductor, writer
"They, that unnamed 'they,' they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get upand I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me."
"I've never really verbalized this before, and that's the honest truth, but I've always seen Spock as a spiritual figure. He's a searcher for values, for ethics, for insight."
"He laughs best who laughs last,
the wiseacres vow;
but I am impatient,
I want to laugh now."
"Hair has always been important."
"A fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer."
British PM (36)
"I would think nothing of tipping over a table with a whole long spread on it just because there was turkey roll on the table and I had explicitly said, 'No turkey roll.'"
US singer (Aerosmith)
(was married to Cyrinda Foxe,
partner with Bebe Buell,
father with her of Liv Tyler)
"Sometimes between takes, I'll spin to disorient myself."
Canadian comic, actor
"It was a blonde, a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window."
"One day I wish that all the people of the world, all the males, females, blacks, whites, purples, whatever, and all of the adults and children would all come together and get it on."
US guitarist, singer (Smashing Pumpkins, Perfect Circle)
"I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise."
(same dates as Beethoven)
"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."
"A small silence came between us, as precise as a picture hanging on the wall."
(was married to Robert Lowell)
"Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula."
"Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire."
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
US Senator (NY)
"I adored Hollywood because I'd always wanted to be a movie star. Maybe in some funny Freudian way, it was my way of getting more attention than my baby sister, who was pretty with curly hair. We all have drives we don't completely understand."
"You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace."
US Rep (NY); 1984 Vice Presidential Candidate
"Until we establish a felt sense of kinship between our own species and those fellow mortals who share with us the sun and shadow of life on this agonized planet, there is no hope for other species, there is no hope for the environment, and there is no hope for ourselves."