"One ought to have a good memory when he has told a lie."
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."
"Every law is an infraction of liberty."
"Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is the pleasure of not going to church."
William Ralph Inge
"Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale."
Robert Falcon Scott
, on his doomed Antarctic expedition
"A great truth is a truth whose opposite is also a truth."
"‘Ow can I handcuff a bloomin’ shirt?"
R. C. Sherriff
English writer (The Invisible Man)
"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree."
Marian Wright Edelman
US social reformer
"The travel writer seeks the world we have lostthe lost valleys of the imagination."
"New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time."
"I guess a drag queen's like an oil painting: you gotta stand back from it to get the full effect."
US actor, playwright
"On one side you have book burners, Congressional wives and Pat Robertson. On the other side, you have vulgar comedians, foul-mouthed rap groups and Dennis Hopperall your choices should be so easy."
US comic, actor
"The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong."
"Oh f890, not another elf!’"
, on J.R.R. Tolkien reading a newly written passage from "Lord of the Rings"
"The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights."
J. Paul Getty
"My life is music, and in some vague, mysterious and subconscious way, I have always been driven by a taut inner spring which has propelled me to almost compulsively reach for perfection in music, oftenin fact, mostlyat the expense of everything else in my life."
"The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they're too old to do it."
(was married to Mel Brooks)
"All they ever did for me at MGM was change my leading man and the water in my pool."
US swimming actor
(was married to Fernando Lamas)
"I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair."
"Passion, you see, can be destroyed by a doctor. It cannot be created."
"You wanna do some livin' before you die. Do it down in New Orleans."
US pianist, "night tripper"