"From a distance it is something; and nearby it is nothing."
Jean de la Fontaine
"We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?"
"It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass."
"The only way to enjoy golf is to be a masochist. Go out and beat yourself to death."
"I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh."
"If we remade Singin' in the Rain today, when Gene Kelly sings in the rain, I think he'd be looking around to make sure he wasn't going to get mugged."
US director, choreographer
"I don't really trust a sane person."
US football player
"I'll walk through fire to do what I do because the movie business, when it's right, is the coolest art form ever invented."
"I have too much respect for the idea of God to make it responsible for such an absurd world."
"But the beauty is in the walkingwe are betrayed by destinations."
"A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter."
US writer, teacher
(same dates as Milos Forman)
"The decent docent doesn't doze;
He teaches standing on his toes.
His student dassn't doze and does,
And that's what teaching is and was."
"It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles."
Dame Muriel Spark
"Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper."
"Humor was not important only for me, humor was important for this nation for centuries, to survive."
(same dates as Wallace Stegner)