"Sir, I admit your gen'ral rule
that every poet is a fool:
but you yourself may serve to show it
that every fool is not a poet."
"This is no time for making new enemies."
, when asked on his deathbed to renounce Satan
"From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots."
"Credit you give yourself is not worth having."
US film director
(was married to Norma Shearer [shown])
, on not allowing his name to appear in credits
"Today was tomorrow yesterday, so don't inhale."
US voice artist
"It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill."
(brother of Orville)
"Have just read obituary in the Times. Kindly adjust pay to suit." *
George Ernest Morrison
, on the erroneus report of his death
"No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humaneness."
"No bad man can be a good poet."
Russian writer (Doctor Zhivago)
"We turned the switch, saw the flashes, watched for ten minutes, then switched everything off and went home. That night I knew the world was headed for sorrow."
, on the making of the atomic bomb
"I think that if Pat Buchanan became president we would be in camps before the month was out. I don't doubt that. There is a mostly male, predominantly white, ruling elite in this country and all of the presidental candidates are chosen from their number. They're all beholden to wealth and property and corporate interest; that's just how you get elected in this country. There are no welfare mothers or homeless people or construction workers or auto workers running for president, it's all millionaries and billionaires and the fact that 1% of the population controls more than a third of all the wealth and 40 million live in total poverty... And everybody else is fighting over the leftovers and are on each other's throats, and that's reflected everytime we have an election. Most people are just disregarded."
US singer, guitarist, activist (Rage Against the Machine)
(also see Zack de la Rocha)
"I have won several prizes as the world's slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness."
US saxophonist, composer
"In the past, few women have tried and even fewer have succeeded."
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
US medical physicist
"To take myself too seriously is the gentle kiss of death."