"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
Leonardo da Vinci
Italian artist, writer, inventor, philosopher... the Original Renaissance Man
"You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings."
Catherine the Great
"Love is the final end of the world's history, the Amen of the universe. "
"Things they don't understand always cause a sensation among the English."
Alfred de Musset
"But there, everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses."
Jerome K. Jerome
"The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau."
James F. Byrnes
US Governor (SC)
"In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering."
Dr. Benjamin Spock
US doctor, baby specialist
"We could have been millionaires; or milkmen; most probable of all, milers, generations of people who looked the enemy in the eye and ran like hell."
, on her genealogy
"The Fuhrer is always quite cheerful, cheerful with all his heart, when he is having tea with his friends during the night, or when he is training his dogs!"
German Nazi official
, one of the dogs
"If I've learned anything in this business, how stupid would it be not to do 'It's My Party' when people come to hear it?"
"In violence, we forget who we are."
US Senator and Commie Hunter
"I refuse to admit I'm more than fifty-two, even if that does make my sons illegitimate."
US zillionaire; first woman to sit in Parliament
"The worst was when my skirt fell down to my anklesbut I had on thick tights underneath."
, on tragedy
"I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce."
J. Edgar Hoover
US FBI director
"The next one."
, on which of his films was his favorite
"Not many men have both good fortune and good sense."