"People wish their enemies dead, but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!"
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable."
L. Frank Baum
US writer (Wizard of Oz)
"Ever since the young men have owned motorcycles, incest has been dying out."
Swiss writer, architect
"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."
"All my wife has ever taken from the Mediterraneanfrom that whole vast intuitive cultureare four bottles of Chianti to make into lamps, and two china condiment donkeys labelled Sally and Peppy."
"We have ways of making you welcome."
US activist, clown
"Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion."
"Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it."
English composer, producer, musician
"But bacon's not the only thing
That's cured by hanging from a string."
"Oh, great reviews are the worst. They mislead you more than the bad ones, because they only fuel your ego. Then you only want another one, like potato chips or something, and the best thing you get is fat and bloated. I'd rather just refuse, thanks."
"Your world is as big as you make it
I know, for I used to abide
In the narrowest nest in a corner
My wings pressing close to my side"
Georgia Douglas Johnson
"What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house."
"A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example."
Sir Robert Menzies
"I've been really happy just traveling and being Mrs. Johnny Cash all these years. But I'm also really happy and surprised that someone wanted me to make another album, and I'm real proud of what I've done."
June Carter Cash
US singer, songwriter
(was married to Johnny Cash)
"The world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me."
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua
"I am sure I will feel at home in the Bahamas. I've been involved in gambling in the Bahamas. I've been involved in gambling in Nevada and I've been involved in banking." *
US Ambassador (Bahamas)
, on his qualifications for the job
"Perfect order is the forerunner of perfect horror."
"Not only does the world scarcely know who the Latin American man is, the world has barely cared."
Georgie Anne Geyer
"Suddenly you're like a pirate, you're 65 years old and you've got an earring."
US comic actor
, on aging