"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."
"Reason is the test of ridicule, not ridicule the test of truth."
English bishop, literary critic
"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge."
"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."
"When he's late for dinner, I know he's either having an affair or lying dead in the street. I always hope it's the street."
, on husband Hume Cronyn
"I once shook hands with Pat Boone, and my whole right side sobered up."
Italian-US singer, actor
"Truth-tellers are not always palatable. There is a preference for candy bars."
"[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."
"We all know we are unique individuals, but we tend to see others as representatives of groups."
"In Los Angeles, it's like they jog for two hours a day and then they think they're morally right. That's when you want to choke people, you know?"
"They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness."
(was married to Michael Anthony Dorris)
"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."
"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."
"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)
"To enter life by way of the vagina is as good a way as any."
(relationship with Anais Nin)
"If you have to talk about fashion, then you are not in it." *