"Slavery cannot exist a day or an hour anywhere, unless it is supported by local police regulations."
Stephen A. Douglas
US Senator (IL)
"The superstition of science scoffs at the superstition of faith."
James A. Froude
"I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise."
US Senator (NY)
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."
"The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth under our feet?"
"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out."
"Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
But is there anything Beyond?"
English writer, neo-pagan
"If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex?"
US columnist (SF Chronicle)
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
US actor, ambassador
(was married to John Agar)
"Chess may be the deepest, least exhaustible of pastimes, but it is nothing more. As for a chess genius, he is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise."
French-US literary critic
"I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tire."
"There's no greater bliss in life than when the plumber eventually comes to unblock your drains. No writer can give that sort of pleasure."
"I've never minded my kids watching any of the series I did. That's important to me."
(was married to Farrah Fawcett)
"Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence."
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
"Shirley MacLaine once said that she didn't want to be a big star, just a long star. That's what I want too."
"We're the only band that's got real communication between the stage and the audience. People know they can come and talk to us and pour beer over us, buy us a drink and spit at us."
English singer, guitarist
, on his group, the Damned
(also see Rat Scabies)
"Any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up."
, on George W. Bush's waning credibility
"There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a president to have anything to do with criminal activities."
US Senator (NC)
"I do not welcome advice from actors; they are here to act."
"[O. J. has] an uncanny instinct for sensing when to make the move, when to make the cut. He can kill you with a headfake, he can kill you with the swiftness of his legs and the ability to be in a direction at any single second. He also kills you with his variation of speed..."
, on some of the ways O. J. Simpson can kill
"A man must live like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can. In the end he burns out. But this is far better than a mean little flame."