"You had better have one King than five hundred."
King Charles II
"If this be treason, make the most of it!"
"The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures."
Sir Humphry Davy
English chemist (discovered laughing gas, bless him)
("Consolations in Travel or The Last Days of a Philosopher")
"I maintain that today many an inventor, many a diplomat, many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology."
("The Decline of the West")
"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'"
"I must say the Senator's victory in Wisconsin was a triumph for democracy. It proves that a millionaire has just as good a chance as anyone else."
("Road to Singapore")
, on JFK's electoral victory
"I like the rapid punch of solid-state for the bottom, and the rodent-gnawing distortion of the tubes on top." *
US guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service et al)
, on his guitar rig
"I married Vincent Price very late in both our lives. It was chiefly because, even if Vincent can be a bit moody and frightening at times, loneliness is even more frightful. Without a husband, even an actress doesn't get invited out much."
(was married to Vincent Price)
"One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little."
Margaret Chase Smith
US Rep and Senator (ME)
"I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine."
US Senator (AZ)
"Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist."
Paula Gunn Allen
US native writer
("The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions")
"People keep asking me, 'What evil lurks in you to play such bad characters? There is no evil in me, I just wear tight underwear."
(was married to Michelle Phillips for eight days)