"Children are overwhelming, supercilious, passionate, envious, inquisitive, egotistical, idle, fickle, timid, intemperate, liars and dissemblers; they laugh and weep easily, are excessive in their joys and sorrows, and that about the most trifling subjects; they bear no pain, but like to inflict it on others; already they are men."
Jean de la Bruyere
05/10 or 05/11/1696)
"The atrocious crime of being a young man... I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny."
William Pitt the elder
"It was a tremendous effort on his part, a thing brilliant and powerful, but the nastiest smear of paint I had ever seen."
(brother of Gertrude Stein)
, on buying Matisse's 'Woman with Hat'
"Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves."
Henri Frederic Amiel
"Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies."
(shown with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters)
"The only sin is mediocrity."
US choreographer, dancer
"Take me! I am the hallucinogenic!"
"Bach is the beginning and end of all music."
"There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."
Richard P. Feynman
US Nobelist physicist, teacher, storyteller, bongo player
"The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all."
William Dean Howells
"We should not introduce errors through sloppiness. We should do it carefully and systematically."
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch computer scientist
"Never exalt people because they're in your family; never exalt people because they're your color; never exalt people because they're your kinfolk. Exalt them because they're worthy."
US Islamic leader
"I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out."
US pianist, composer
"We're f890ing forty-year-old (seventy plus! -s) men, and we're behaving like children. It's silly, absolutely f890ing idiotic. Retarded."
English singer (The Animals)
I did go through a period where I was on unemployment. That was my low point: Martha Quinn on line at unemployment, hoping nobody will recognize her.
US original MTV VJ
(stepdaughter of Jane Bryant Quinn)
"Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end."
Jamaican singer, guitarist
"An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he has someone to look up to."
Gene Fowler, Jr.
US editor, director
(son of Gene Fowler)
"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so."
"They said I was the fighter who got knocked down the most, but I also got up the most."