"Destiny may ride with us today, but there is no reason for it to interfere with lunch."
Tsar Peter the Great
"I asked my father what there was to make doctoring more disgusting than nursing, which women were always doing, and which ladies had done publicly in the Crimea. He could not tell me."
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
English physician, mayor
"The surprising thing about this paper is that a man who could write it would."
J. E. Littlewood
"Rodgers and Hammerstein, if you can imagine it taking two men to write one song."
, when asked "Who wrote 'Some Enchanted Evening'?"
"Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whisky-greased, red-eyed devils."
US temperance fanatic
"You can't go to the store and buy a good ear and rhythm."
US inventor, musician
"A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage."
US secretary of defense
"The right Americans are the right Americans because they're not like the wrong Americans, who are not really Americans."
Eric J. Hobsbawm
"La-La Land's a land of losers; we're all just a bunch of dreamers with a nickel in our shoe."
R. Wright Campbell
"I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."
"Boys don't make passes at female smart-asses."
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
US editor, writer (founding editor of Ms magazine)
"Twelve for 23... It doesn't take a genius to see that's under 50 percent."
US basketball coach, sportscaster
"All of us are mad. If it weren't for the fact every one of us is slightly abnormal, there wouldn't be any point in giving each person a separate name."
"I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face."
Michael J. Fox
"If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door."
US writer, educator
"The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money's worth."
Belarus-born US madam
("A House Is Not a Home")
, on women who marry from greed
"He did not seem to care which way he travelled providing he was in the driver's seat."
Canadian statesman, publisher
("Politicians and the Press")
, on David Lloyd George
"I want Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D played at my funeral. If it isn't I shall jolly well want to know why."
"I couldn't be anorexic because I like food too much, and I couldn't be bulimic because I hate throwing up too much."
"Poems in a way are spells against death. They are milestones, to see where you were then from where you are now."
("A Bravery of Earth")
"If you hang around long enough, they think you're good. It's either my tenacity or stupidityI'm not sure which."