"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies."
Honore de Balzac
"That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of our time."
John Stuart Mill
English philosopher, economist
"Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country."
Marquis de Lafayette
French soldier, statesman
, on the United States of America
"Old noted oak! I saw thee in a mood
Of vague indifference; and yet with me
Thy memory, like thy fate, hath lingering stood
For years, thou hermit, in the lonely sea
Of grass that waves around thee!"
"There is so little difference between husbands you might as well keep the first."
Adela Rogers St. Johns
"I've never been drunk, but often I've been overserved."
"The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothingand then marry him."
Armenian-US singer, actor
(was married to Gregg Allman,
"If people want to believe I'm a dominatrix in my spare time, that's fine with meI mean, I'm definitely happy to smack people around if that's what they really want."
US guitarist, singer (Go-Gos)
"Of course he was a wonderful all-round man, but the act of walking around him has always tired me."
Sir Max Beerbohm
English writer and artist
, on William Morris
"Cell phones are not a sign of power, they're a sign of subservience."
US lawyer, baseball statistician
"We've been in each other's pockets our entire lives."
English singer (Bee Gees)