"Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit."
"Hovering between wife and death."
, on his deathbed, when asked how he was
"I have no riches but my thoughts, yet these are wealth enough for me."
Sarah Josepha Hale
"Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner."
Sir John Lubbock
"I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat."
A. E. Housman
"If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, 'You're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation in the world, why should you be frightened?'"
"What luck for rulers, that men do not think."
Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?"
Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"
"The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination."
"When I read it, I was 15 and I don't think I was mature enough to understand the script's material. I didn't want to be kissing Kevin Spacey. Come on! Lying there naked with rose petals?"
(relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal)
, on turning down American Beauty
"At its best New Wave/punk represents a fundamental and age-old Utopian dream: that if you give people the license to be as outrageous as they want in absolutely any fashion they can dream up, they'll be creative about it, and do something good besides."
"If you got something you don't want other people to know, keep it in your pocket."
US blues singer, guitarist
"Perhaps the Congress could honor the 50th anniversary of FDR's death by observing a few minutes of competence."
"They asked if I was interested in a role as a large alien in a movie."
English actor (Star Wars)