"The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Buy old masters. They bring in better prices than young mistresses."
Canadian statesman, publisher
"The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost."
"What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible."
"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
Theodore Martin Hesburgh
"I grew up without knowing anything about prejudice; my mother saw to that. If parents would keep prejudice and intolerance to themselves for one generation, we would have a different world."
"My voice had a long, nonstop career. It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do. It can't."
US opera singer
"I started all over again on page 1, circling the 262 pages like a vulture looking for live flesh to scavenge."
John Gregory Dunne
(was married to Joan Didion)
"Nobody knows a hit before it's a hit."
Tom T. Hall
US singer, songwriter
"So that was a very defining point of that relationship."
Sir Ian McKellen
, on his mother's death when he was 12
"I hate that word (cute). It's the most awful word in the language."
US actor (from Sebastopol, CA)
"Everyone gets frustrated and aggressive, and I'd sooner take my aggression out on a guitar than on a person."
English singer, songwriter, guitarist (the Jam)
(also see Rick Buckler)
"Marriage can be viewed as the waiting room for death."
Canadian comic, actor (SNL)
"Vibrators. I think they are great. They keep you out of stupid sex. I'd pitch them to anybody."
(was partner with Ellen DeGeneres)
"I think there's such a thing as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out."
"Give exceeding thanks for the mystery which remains a mystery stillthe veil that hides you from the infinite, which makes it possible for you to believe in what you cannot see."
("Portrait of Jennie")