"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
("The Study of English Literature")
"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
("A Shropshire Lad")
"How can I possibly dislike a sex to which Your Majesty belongs?"
, on Queen Victoria's suggestion that he disliked women
"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."
"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."
"He laughs best who laughs last,
the wiseacres vow;
but I am impatient,
I want to laugh now."
("At the Sign of the Sphinx")
"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)
"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 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."
("Ace in the Hole")
"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."
("The Extended Circle: A Dictionary of Humane Thought")