"But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little and who talk too much."
"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)
"The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank."
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
English artist, poet
(brother of Christina)
"Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes."
"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."
"I have never fallen in love with my own voice, but I've always had an attraction for it."
US TV talk show host
"I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect."
"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.'"
"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
"In this life he laughs longest who laughs last."
"Art doesn't go to sleep in the bed made for it. It would sooner run away than say its own name: what it likes is to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what its own name is."
"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."
"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."
"Conservative coaches have one thing in common; they are unemployed."
US football coach