"Always remember this: There are only eighteen inches between a pat on the back and a kick in the rump."
"It won't be long before we'll be writing together again. I just hope they have a decent piano up there."
, on songwriting partner Alan Jay Lerner's death
"I couldn't do no yodelin', so I turned to howlin'. And it's done me just fine."
US singer, guitarist
"All those great swans chasing that absurd young man!"
Sir Terence Rattigan
, on ballet
"Americans have only the dimmest notion of what their constitutional freedoms areand what it took to get them... [and] the willingness to surrender what we're supposed to be fighting for is a recurring part of our history."
US historian, critic
("Our Children Are Dying")
"I will be brief. Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali, who gave the world's shortest speech. He said 'I will be so brief I have already finished,' and he sat down."
Edward O. Wilson
US scientist, writer
"There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating."
"I get paid for seeing that my clients have every break the law allows. I have knowingly defended a number of guilty men. But the guilty never escape unscathed. My fees are sufficient punishment for anyone."
F. Lee Bailey
"Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences."
"These people have served a longer sentence than some people who have committed murder."
, on the O. J. Simpson jury
"For every point I'm given, I'll have earned two, because I'm a Negro."
"I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."
US Senator (NC), vice presidential (2004) and presidential (2008) candidate
"We look like K-Mart rock 'n rollers, you know, the discount clothes stores where all the hicks go."
US singer, songwriter (Pixies, Breeders, Amps)
"Lately, I've been a little sad that I'm not a gay man."
"A bit of lusting after someone does wonders for you and is good for your skin."
English model, actor
(LTR with Hugh Grant)
"The history of arithmetic and algebra illustrates one of the striking and curious features of the history of mathematics. Ideas that seem remarkably simple once explained were thousands of years in the making."
("Mathematics: The Loss of Certainty")
"I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own."
"Opening games make me nervous. To tell the truth, I'd rather open with our second game."
US football coach
"I never wanted to be famous; I only wanted to be great."
US R'n'B and jazz singer, songwriter, and pianist