"If it were possible to make an accurate calculation of the evils which police regulations occasion, and of those which they prevent, the number of the former would, in all cases, exceed that of the latter."
Baron Wilhelm von Humboldt
("The Eighteenth Century")
"Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing."
"Many people have played themselves to death. Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death. Nobody ever thought himself to death."
"I would worship the ground you walk on, Audrey, if you only lived in a better neighborhood."
("Some Like It Hot")
"We weren't pushing Black is beautiful. We just showed it."
US dancer, choreographer, anthropologist
("A Touch of Innocence: Memoirs of Childhood")
"Each individual piece is a calculated attempt to entice women to add to their wardrobe."
US fashion designer
"Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it."
"The number-one rule of the road is never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself. You will break this rule, and you will be sorry."
US singer, songwriter, actor
("Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down")
"People used to complain to me all the time, 'I can't even hear you sing because your clothes are so loud.'"
US singer, songwriter
("She's So Unusual")
"Don't aspire to be a B-movie director; you'll be there soon enough."
"My older brother is a doctor. I'm a lawyer. My younger brother became a circus clown. This pleased my mother. Finally she had a son she could be proud of."
Mark Hemphill Lough
US lawyer and brother-in-law
"I have no middle name...I had an uncle, whom I greatly disliked, who was also named David Selznick, so in order to avoid any growing confusion between the two of us, I decided to take a middle initial and went through the alphabet to find one that seemed to give me the best punctuation and decided on 'O'."
David O. Selznick
US movie director
("Gone with the Wind")
(same dates as Astaire;
was married to Jennifer Jones)
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."
US advice columnist
(sister of Abigail van Buren)