"My only books
Were Woman's looks,
And Folly's all they taught me."
"I cannot afford to waste my time making money."
"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters."
"But he that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose."
(sister of Charlotte
and Emily Brontë)
"It is not heaven, it is not hell,
This world between them where I dwell.
With secret pain, with open mirth,
I go my way on middle earth."
(was married to Gerald Brenan)
"I'm looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stunt man."
, on meeting Sean Connery
"Well, good luck to you, kid! I'm going to write the Great Australian Novel."
"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
Sir John Lubbock
"Why is it that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the Cosmosnovas, quasars, pulsars, black holesyou are beyond doubt the strangest?"
"If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way."
"We play in the den of the Gods and snort at death."
"The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions."
"Basically, I hate conformity. I hate people telling me what to do. It makes me want to smash things. So-called normal behaviour patterns make me so bored, I could throw up!"
Wendy O. Williams
US singer (Plasmatics)
"I don't have to try to be a sex bomb, I am one!"
"After many of years of getting cast in sweet, angelic roles, I'm finally getting to play closer to my real life as a horrible person."
US actor (Weeds)
"After the war, France and England should join hands to make a formidable fart."
Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor
, misspeaking in French to French troops during WWII
"I'm 49 years old and I'm cautious of the fact that very few people in comedy have careers after age 50. I think there's a notion in our society, and it may be valid, that people aren't as funny when they get older. It's a stigma still attached to the rebelliousness of youth. I do believe that sooner or later I'll get those great roles like Gary Sinise's part in "Forrest Gump" or Tommy Lee Jones' as "Two Face" in "Batman Forever"."
US comic actor (SNL)
"Well, that was a cliff-dweller."
US baseball player, coach
, on a close game