"As empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest blabbers."
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality."
"It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out."
"If Governor Fields is right, I am going to stand by him because he is right. If he is wrong, I am going to stand by him because he is a Democrat." *
Augustus Owsley Stanley
US governor, senator (KY)
"We must make demands of reason and create a life worthy of ourselves and of the goals we only dimly perceive."
("My country and the world")
"The world is so disgracefully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain."
"You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning."
US social worker
"I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system."
Irish president (first female)
"Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity."
("The True Believer")
"Your English style will no doubt put all the other gentlemen to bed. I speak figuratively, of course."
Sir John Gielgud
, on Cecil Beaton's decision to act in a production of Lady Windermere's Fan
"I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already were."
US dancer, choreographer, anthropologist
("A Touch of Innocence: Memoirs of Childhood")