"A full tongue and an empty brain are seldom parted."
"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."
"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." *
"That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next."
John Stuart Mill
English philosopher, economist
"To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."
"All Hollywood corrupts; and absolute Hollywood corrupts absolutely."
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."
"When you enter a room, you have to kiss his ring. I don't mind, but he has it in his back pocket."
, on Frank Sinatra
"A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There's got to be good guys and there's got to be bad guys. And that's what people pay forto see the bad guys get beat."
"If few can stand a long war without deterioration of soul, none can stand a long peace."
"Certainly we have bad paintings. We have only the greatest bad paintings." *
French writer and museum director (Musée d'Orsay)
"No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film."
"A career is a series of comebacks."
US actor, singer
"Jazz is one of the least learnable art forms."
US pianist, composer
"And all writing is creating or spinning dreams for other people so they won't have to bother doing it themselves."
"The idiot lived in a black and gray world, punctuated by the white lightning of hunger and the flickering of fear. His clothes were old and many-windowed. Here peeped a shinbone, sharp as a cold chisel, and there in the torn coat were ribs like the fingers of a fist. He was tall and flat. His eyes were calm and his face was dead."
"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss."
Robert A. Heinlein
"Live your life. Live your life. Live your life."
US writer, illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are)
"Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment."