"Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature."
Arabian religious leader
"Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!"
Miguel de Cervantes
"The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man."
Germaine de Staël
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
US bassist, composer
("Fables of Faubus")
"I saw his face, pale, sorrow-stricken, but like a prophet's in its look of faith and strength."
Lady Frederick Cavendish
English educator, diarist
, on Gladstone, immediately after he learned of her husband's death
(daughter of George Lyttelton)
"I was this little kid living in the middle of nowhere in Arkansas. I found out really quickly that I didn't want to look at the south end of a northbound mule. Because of music, it's led to this incredible life."
US singer, musician, actor
"To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself."
"I wish something on TV would trouble me. Then maybe I would watch it."
"You know, I've got a confession to make myself. I'm not really a priest, I've just got my shirt on backwards."
("Whose Line Is It Anyway?")
"I love fast cars, loud guns, and classic rock 'n' roll, but I'd never do any of it in flats. I love me a nice, big uncomfortable pair of heels and some big hair! Maybe it's a Southern thing, but I love dressing up. It's everything I can do not to leave the house in a goddamn prom dress every day."
("The Rum Diary")
(was married to Johnny Depp)
"The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name."
US Gray Panther
("No Stone Unturned")
"It is fast approaching the point where I don't want to elect anyone stupid enough to want the job."
("The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank")
, on the US presidency
"When I was with David (Winters), I had an awesome time. I met a lot of people and had a lot of fun at that point. I went to see my first play. I saw Richard Chamberlain in 'Cyrano De Bergerac,' I saw 'Grease' in Manhattan. I saw the Alvin Ailey Dancers. I became cultured, I guess. I'd never been cultured."
US porn star ("Deep Throat") turned antiporn crusader
"My grandmother wanted to live long enough to vote for a woman president. I'll be satisfied if I live to see a woman go before the Supreme Court and hear the justices acknowledge, 'Gentlemen, she's human. She deserves the protection of our laws.'"
Martha Wright Griffiths
US congress (MI)