"The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task."
Indian spiritual leader
"The government is best which makes itself unnecessary."
Baron Wilhelm von Humboldt
("The Eighteenth Century")
"Large parties given to very young children... foster the passions of vanity and envy, and produce a love of dress and display which is very repulsive in the character of a child."
Susanna Strickland Moodie
English-Canadian pioneer, writer
("Roughing It in the Bush")
"'For what we are about to receive,
Oh Lord 'tis Thee we thank,'
said the cannibal as he cut a slice
off the missionary's shank."
E. Y. Harburg
("Over the Rainbow")
"I'm a man more dined against than dining."
Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra
China-born English writer
("The Greek Experience")
Actress: "I enjoyed your book. Who wrote it for you?"
: "I'm so glad you liked it. Who read it to you?"
("The Animal Kingdom")
"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."
Norwegian skater, actress
"My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?"
US First Lady (45)
(was married to Gerald Ford)
"The Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone."
"Come to think of it, just about every tool was shaped like either a weenie or a pistol, depending on your point of view."
("The Poisonwood Bible")
"He was like a real dad, you know. We used to sit down with guitars and mess around."
English singer, songwriter
, on his dad
(son of John,
stepbrother of Sean Ono Lennon)
"Neither of us entered marriage thinking it wouldn't be a strain. Life has strains in it, and he's the person I want to strain with."
, on her marriage with Nicolas Cage
(sister of Rosanna and
granddaughter of Clifford)
"The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
General Omar Bradley
"Prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You can't see it, you can't find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating."
"Sometimes only poetry can say it. I think there's just this deeper language, and a way of putting your world back together again and breaking through barriers."
US singer, songwriter
("Eli and the Thirteenth Confession")
"You can tell that I've kept such a low profile."
US public servant