"Garden as though you will live forever."
"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them."
US humanitarian, Red Cross founder
("The Story of My Childhood")
"I have worked like a dog all my life, honey. Dancing, as Fred Astaire said, is next to ditch-digging. You sweat and you slave and the audience doesn't think you have a brain in your head."
US actor, dancer, singer
("On the Town")
"I'd love to see Christ come back to crush the spirit of hate and make men put down their guns. I'd also like just one more hit single."
"My mother used to say, Delia, if S-E-X ever rears its ugly head, close your eyes before you see the rest of it."
("Absurd Person Singular")
"There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting."
"Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars."
("Slaves of New York")
"Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character."
US singer, songwriter
("One More Last Chance")
(married to Amy Grant)
"If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing."
S. African writer
("Cry, the Beloved Country")
"You always say 'I'll quit when I start to slide,' and then one morning you wake up and realize you done slid."
Sugar Ray Robinson