"Very nice, though there are dull stretches."
Antoine de Rivarol
, on another writer's two-line poem
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
"I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours."
Lithuanian-US art critic
"I am tired of all this thing called science here... We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped."
US Senator (PA), financier
, on the Smithsonian Institution
"Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked."
Pearl S. Buck
"Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer."
"It's not enough just to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and let 'er fly."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
US golf great
"Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze."
"In the civilisation a new law of hostility prevails. And to call it the law of the jungle is unfair to the jungle."
Colin Henry Wilson
"Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist."
US sports writer, announcer
"Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst."
Ford Madox Ford
"Robin's got a pretty good gig, but he's gotta get himself a lady. And he's gotta get his own gear, like some kind of cool motorcycle. I'm not talkin' just a side car here, I'm talkin' full-on hog."
, on his role as Bruce Wayne's "ward"
in "Batman Forever"
"All the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, our schools, our churches."
US senator (SC), bigot, hypocrite
, in 1948
"That is the truest sign of insanityinsane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy."
(was married to Carl Bernstein,