"He who finds a new path is a pathfinder, even if the trail has to be found again by others; and he who walks far ahead of his contemporaries is a leader, even though centuries pass before he is recognized as such."
"Dancing: The Highest Intelligence in the Freest Body."
"Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew downfrom high flat templesin a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan."
("The Maltese Falcon")
(was married to Lillian Hellman)
"Unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything."
Scottish-US religious leader
"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth."
US writer, conservationist
"I guess the other producers must have been spending just about the same amount of money that we were, but their pictures were such sh*t."
Gene Fowler, Jr.
US editor, director
(son of Gene Fowler)
"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad name."
US secretary of state
"My misdeeds are accidental happenings and merely the result of having been in the wrong bar or bed at the wrong time, say most days between midday and midnight."
("Reach for the Ground: The Downhill Struggle of Jeffrey Bernard")
"Did you ever notice, the only one in 'A Christmas Carol' with any character is Scrooge? Marley is a whiner who f890ed over the world and then hadn't the spine to pay his dues quietly; Belle, Scrooge's ex-girlfriend, deserted him when he needed her most; Bob Cratchit is a gutless toady without enough get-up-and-go to assert himself; and the less said about that little treacle-mouth, Tiny Tim, the better."
("A Boy and His Dog")
"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
US sports team owner (New England Patriots)
"I play every show like it's my last. Fortunately that's never turned out to be the case."
US singer, songwriter
(brother of Duane Allman;
was married to Cher)