"Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration."
"One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune."
General Lew Wallace
"There are men so incorrigibly lazy that no inducement that you can offer will tempt them to work; so eaten up by vice that virtue is abhorrent to them, and so inveterably dishonest that theft is to them a master passion."
English religious leader, Salvation Army founder
"Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light."
Hungarian journalist, prize
"Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees."
"We work in the toy department."
, on sports writers
"A calcined, scalped, rasped, scraped, flayed, broiled, powdered, leprous, blotched, mangy, grimy, parboiled country without trees, water, grass, fields... it is infinitely liker hell than earth, and one looks for tails among the people."
Algernon Charles Swinburne
(died near his birthday)
, describing part of France
"We called him 'mumbles.' He didn't speak his words very loud. The sound man was always saying, 'Kid, speak up!' But he mumbled his way to a fortune."
US actor, singer, songwriter
, on Clint Eastwood
"Don't be a marshmallow. Walk the street with us into history. Get off the sidewalk. Stop being vegetables. Work for Justice. Viva the boycott!"
US labor activist
"You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?"
Lebanese philosopher poet
"Working gets in the way of living."
Egyptian actor, bridge player
"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live."
Henry van Dyke
US writer, Presbyterian
"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer."
US football coach, commentator, commercial hack
"Writing is pretty crummy on the nerves."
"It doesn't work if the bad guys kill his mother's uncle's friend's neighbor's pet dog. You've got to make the stakes high."
, on why the hero's wife or girlfriend must get killed in every one of his stupid movies
"It is a curious thing that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
"I try to keep away from being bigheaded. That's what causes people to lose the acting thing. They start being commercial, and then they stink for the rest of their life. But there are several respected adult actors who were child actors that started very young. I'm going to try and model myself after Kurt Russell and Jodie Foster. Just keep learning from the role and not just go for the money."
Haley Joel Osment