"The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases."
("The Origin of the Vaccine Inoculation")
"He was a gentleman who was generally spoken of as having nothing-a-year, paid quarterly."
R. S. Surtees
("Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities")
"That men should pray and fight for their own freedom, and yet keep others in slavery, is certainly acting a very inconsistent, as well as unjust and, perhaps, impious part, but the history of mankind is filled with instances of human improprieties."
US politician, founding father, Supreme Court justice
"It will all go on as long as women are stupid enough to go on bringing men into the world..."
Dorothy Miller Richardson
"A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist." *
("Stay of Execution: A Sort of Memoir")
(brother of Joseph Alsop, Jr.)
"There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set."
Harriet van Horne
"You cannot run faster than a bullet."
Idi Amin Dada
"A rock band used to be four guys and a drummer. Now it's five guys sitting around reading manuals!"
English drummer (King Crimson, Yes)
"It's very liberating to be naked in front of a hundred people, but there's nothing sexual about lovemaking on a movie set."
"I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up."
Sugar Ray Leonard
"I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it." *
English aviator, racer
"When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed."
US musician (Nine Inch Nails)
("Head Like a Hole")
"It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches."
Robert M. Hutchins
"There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them."
US (yep, South Dakota!) bandleader, TV host
"Comedy's a serious business. You've got to be true and funny, and not look as though you're trying."
("The Odd Couple")
"God had to create disco music so that I could be born and be successful."
"This is an excellent martinisort of tastes like it isn’t there at all, just a cold cloud."
("The Winds of War")