"Anno 1670, not far from Cirencester, was an apparition: being demanded, whether 'a good spirit, or a bad?' returned no answer, but disappeared with a curious perfume and most melodious twang."
"Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible."
("Examination of the Doctrine of a Future Retribution")
"But Nature cast me for the part she found me best fitted for, and I have had to play it, and must play it till the curtain falls."
"[The Libyan Army] is capable of destroying America and breaking its nose."
Libyan military, political leader
"It is not who you attend school with but who controls the school you attend."
("Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day")
"What's missing from pop music is danger."
US singer, songwriter
"I was what they called a feature player, never a star. They say I was in 500 films, everything but the newsreels."
("Breakfast in Hollywood")
"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation."
"If, with the literate, I am
impelled to try an epigram
I never seek to take the credit;
we all assume that Oscar said it."
("A Star Is Born")
"When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
US advertising maven
"Sometimes you're working with somebody, and you can tell they're just waiting to say their line."
US comic, actor (SNL)
"If you have to talk about fashion, then you are not in it." *