"But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little and who talk too much."
("The Wild Gallant")
"I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace."
English painter, writer
("The Book of Nonsense")
"Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better."
English nurse (born in Florence, Italy)
"Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes."
("Masochism in Modern Man")
"So many women just don't know how great they really are. They come to us all vogue outside and vague on the inside."
Mary Kay Ash
"I'm not against the blacks, and a lot of the good blacks will attest to that."
US racist Governor (AZ)
"Miss Streisand looks like a cross between an aardvark and an albino rat surmounted by a platinum-coated horse bun."
("Private Screenings: Views of the Cinema of the Sixties")
"I have never fallen in love with my own voice, but I've always had an attraction for it."
US TV talk show host
"As writers, we only do what we do and then we have to give it to the public. They're the ones who determine if you're a genius or a failure."
(list of songs)
"There's always one person on every gig who does your secret sign to you. They come up afterwards and get hold of you always here, on the elbow, where it's really secureand go, 'I know.'"
("Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll")
"O, that I were where I would be,
Then would I be where I am not;
For where I am I would not be,
And where I would be I can not."
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
("On the Art of Reading")
"All life's answers are on TV."
US cartoon character
"People who see a drawing in the "New Yorker" will think automatically that it's funny because it is a cartoon. If they see it in a museum, they think it is artistic; and if they find it in a fortune cookie they think it is a prediction."
("View of the World from 9th Avenue")
"For the amount of talent I had (and I couldn't dance, act, or tell a joke) I enjoyed a tremendous career."
US singer, actor
(died near his birthday)
"There's not much to be said about the period except that most writers don't reach it soon enough."
("On Writing Well")
"Conservative coaches have one thing in common; they are unemployed."
US football coach