"About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only."
Saint Teresa of Avila
Spanish nun, mystic, writer
"A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains."
"Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains."
"I went out there [Hollywood] for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday, and I got fired Wednesday. The guy that hired me was out of town Tuesday."
(The Man with the Golden Arm)
"I had never been as resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think."
"Even now a team of linguists is at work translating Don Revie's writings on the game [of football] from the original gibberish into Arabic."
English writer, broadcaster
"If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know."
Mario Vargas Llosa
"You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits."
"There are no handles to a horse, but the 1910 model has a string to each side of its face for turning its head when there is anything you want it to see."
"Be different, stand out, and work your butt off."
"A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by."
"You can never tell what's in a woman's mind,
And if she's from Harlem, there's no use o' tryin'"
W. C. Handy
"Incongruity, they say, is one of the main ingredients of humor. Maybe it's because everybody can feel superior to me. I honestly don't know."
"It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream."
Benjamin E. Mays
"Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowersand never succeeding."
"And now, I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time."
"There are more dead people than living, and their numbers are increasing."
"Parentsespecially step-parentsare sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years."
"Teaching, real teaching, isor ought to bea messy business."
"I don't think you'll ever get enough picking."
US bluegrass great