"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees."
"Society is a madhouse whose wardens are the officials and the police."
"Conceit is thinking you're great; egotism is knowing it."
"[William Inge] handles symbolism rather like an Olympic weight lifter, raising it with agonizing care, brandishing it with a tiny grunt of triumph, then dropping it with a terrible clang."
, on the play 'Come Back, Little Sheba'
"When we can't dream any longer, we die."
"I thought it was too wacky for the general public."
(was engaged to Linda Ronstadt)
, original opinion of Star Wars' chances for success
"I don't want three million people digesting my private life over their cornflakes."
"Personally, being somewhat envious of Richard's songwriting and guitar playing, it's somewhat satisfying he's not yet achieved household-name status. It serves him right for being so good."
Scottish-born US singer and guitarist
, on Richard Thompson
"Americans have bought lock, stock, and barrel the Jeremy Irons -
Kenneth Branagh England. And it's fake. It's an absolute con. Merchant Ivory? Bollocks."
"Addiction is a symptom of not growing up. I know people think it's a disease... If you have a brain tumor, if you have cancer, that's a disease. To say that an addiction is a disease is not fair to the real diseases of the world."
C. C. DeVille
US guitarist (Poison)
"But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way."
"If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously!"
"To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony."
, on Hollywood
"Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It's more often a succession of jerks."
"I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance."
(was married to Orson Welles)
"I never met a man I didn't want to fight."
US football player
"It's not what you are in Hollywoodit's what people think you are."
"The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."
B. B. King
US blues guitarist, singer
"Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it, I can't see painting."
"I avoid all the language and nudity and violence and everything. I have enough of that at home."
US comic, actor
"There's a fine line between being sweet and innocent and being a tough broad."
US beauty queen, "personality"